the 4th of July…these are a few of my favorite things

The 4th of July. An important day in American history. Everyone has their own holiday traditions, whether they’re going “upta camp” as we say in Maine, or spending the day at the beach, grilling burgers with family, watching fireworks displays….July 4th is time to be with the ones we love and to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy.

It’s also right about the time where it really doesn’t feel like summer until it’s July 4th. And in my book, it’s not summer until I’ve had my first lobster of the season. We started out this long holiday weekend with a trip to my parents house on Saturday where we brought lobsters, mussels and steamers and kicked this summer off right! My mother had picked fresh strawberries from a local farm that morning and we had fresh salad from our garden.

And this is Olivia’s first 4th of July summer, so this post wouldn’t be complete without a few shots of her. She’s growing so fast!

4th of July baby

baby laughing on couch

baby with pouty lip

After Olivia’s photo shoot it was time for lunch!

pot of Maine lobsters on July 4th

fresh salad from our garden

lobster on a plate

I enjoyed this little guy soooooo much!

playing with the lobster

My brother playing with his food….and me encouraging him.

fresh picked strawberries

strawberries in wooden boxes

wedding rings on a strawberry

There I go again…playing with my food.

Ok…enough of this…time for more cute baby!

baby smiles on the couch

baby plays with dad on the couch

wide eyed baby

We’ll be spending the day tomorrow watching the parade and strolling around our downtown neighborhood looking for good food and brews. And hopefully…as long as Olivia is willing…catching the fireworks over the Penobscot River.

So more to come tomorrow!

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Anne is based in Houston, Texas and spends summers in her home state of Maine.

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