Monday, July 6, 2015

The Perfect 4th

I spent all last week deep-cleaning our house. We've officially lived here a year and we finally had a "house-warming" party. Really, it was a chance to celebrate our 5-year anniversary (a bit early) and the 4th of July with friends. Anyway, this was our first time having guests come stay with us in the new house, and it was wonderful.

When I wasn't cleaning, I was contending with this weather, so my workouts were really spotty. 
(This week we've had torrential thunderstorms every evening and have lost power multiple times. Fun stuff.)
I think mopping, vacuuming, moving furniture, and doing laundry made up for my missed runs.

We spent the weekend having too much fun to stop and take a bunch of pictures; Saturday's dinner out was the first time in ages that we had a group dinner and no one was on their phone! It was really nice to just enjoy each other's company and not be a slave to the screen.
The seven of us taking a break in the shade.
We did 3.5 miles down a calm, picturesque river.
We paddled Saturday morning and then spent some time in the pool. After dinner we set off fireworks and played Cards Against Humanity. I baked a cake before dinner and drinks...and frosted it after (as you can clearly tell from the pictures below haha). It wasn't the prettiest thing, but it sure was tasty!
I used King Arthur's GF chocolate cake mix and added vanilla Greek yogurt to the batter. I stuffed the middle full of strawberries...that makes it healthy, right?
I can't wait to have another reason to host a party. Having people over really does make a house feel like a home!

How did you spend the 4th of July weekend?
Did you watch the FIFA Women's World Cup? I usually don't like soccer, but we played so well I was captivated the entire time!



  1. Looks like a fun weekend. Happy 5 year anniversary! I did watch the soccer game--impressive!

  2. Happy 5 year anniversary!

    I honestly think messy cakes look the tastiest. I wouldn't say no to a slice of that chocolate cake, that's for sure :)

    I lost power one night down here too - the storms were a bit crazy last week - and gave the humidity a nice boost! Ugh!

  3. That storm sounded scary. I love storms, as long as I am inside. We have one swooping in right now... can't wait until it starts. :)

    Paul and I came up with a good suggestion for a new CAH card. How about "a shameful hand job"? Hahaha. Do not ask the story on how we came up with that!

    Do you ever see snakes when you are paddling in the river?

    Happy 5 year anniversary! :)

  4. I love that picture of the 7 of you!!! So cool!!!!

  5. Happy anniversary! I LOVE your decorating. It's just as good as mine. I think we should quit teaching and move on to cake decorating. Maybe we could be on Cupcake Wars! ;-)

    It sounds like you had a wonderful 4th. That picture of the seven of you is incredible.

  6. Happy 5 year anniversary! It looks like you had a great weekend celebration :)

  7. That sounds like a wonderful weekend! Happy anniversary! I spent my 4th in Colorado hiking through the mountains, which is always awesome. I bet your weather was a lot nicer than mine, though. :-)