gallamore west: Happy Birthday America!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

* I'm playing "catch-up" here! This post is so late because I didn't have internet service for a week... I think I almost died!  I had started this post on the 4th of July so I figured I'd post it anyway.  So... Happy 4th {on the 9th}!

4th of July is my favorite holiday 
{and that's saying alot about how much I like it because I own like 9 Christmas trees or something ridiculous like that!}
But there is just something about the 4th of July...
maybe it's the warm sunny weather
or the decorations
or the food 
 {like these little homemade waffle "flags" for breakfast}
{or this handful of sugar cookies in the morning!}

or the traditions
or the company
or the simplicity of the holiday compared to other, more elaborate holidays {that involve getting out, decorating, then re-packing those nine Christmas trees!}

I think for me it's a combination of all of these things, especially when it involves family traditions.
And the 4th of July just so happens to include my very favorite family tradition...

the annual flag cake.

This tradition started almost 10 years ago at "the beach house" with Ben's family on the East Coast. The first year I made and decorated the cake myself.  It was a cute cake, but there wasn't anything special about it.  The next year and every year since, I've baked the cake {with helpers} and all the kids decorate it.  And it is the cutest thing ever!

Today right when our two older boys were 
decorating our annual flag cake here in San Diego

we got an email that said, 

"Tell Aunt Laurie that we're making a 4th of July cake in her honor right now.  The boys are totally pumped up to decorate it..."

It's so fun to know that the annual flag cake tradition is still happening at Gallamore East.  Hopefully next year {fingers and toes crossed!} Gallamore West will make it back east for the 4th of July.  

In the meantime, we had a super low-key, fun day at our new house.  It's funny because I didn't do anything special, we didn't have any friends or family over, but I can't even count how many times the boys said, 
"This is the BEST 4th of July ever!"

Luke went swimming for the 1st time and loved it... 
so cute!

And felt the grass for the first time... 
poor kiddo, that grass was too pokey :(

Then there was this little photo session in the front yard {that involved me saying "You don't get to eat your flag cake until I get just ONE good picture!"}  

I looove this picture!

But to be honest, I had to delete about 30 that were like this... oh, and Sam is wearing underwear instead of shorts.  Jake insisted on wearing Gap toddler jeans that were so small they looked like capris.  And Luke isn't even wearing any pants at all! :)

There were lots of sparklers by the pool.  It's so much easier than getting stuck in the crowds at the fireworks shows {because it's illegal to light your own here} and the boys love them!

And at the end of the day, we enjoyed our annual Flag Cake!  
It was a low-key and fun Fourth of July... 
hope you all had a fun 4th too!

Don't forget to enter my Birthday Giveaway going on right now until Wednesday!!  You can enter to win this adorable Scentsy Cupcake Warmer and Happy Birthday Scent Bar!

1 comment:

Jen said...

Such cute pictures! (I hope you let the boys eat their flag cake after all - haha!) It's true that sometimes the simple, low key holidays are the best. Our 4th was that way, too, and we loved it! :)


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