Sunday, July 04, 2010


Of course our Independence Day celebrations have to include good food. It's always been a bit of a low-key holiday, and the last 2 years we've gone to the Gilers, but  but we were on our own this year. I was depressed because usually we would have the Smiths over, but alas... We invited some other friends over but they declined. Sigh.
Anyway, we still ate well. We kept it simple with feta-stuffed hamburgers topped with avocado, pineapple, onion, tomato, lettuce- all atop homemade buns. We had watermelon on the side.
Fiona saw me snap the picture of the burger and she was immediately ready for the camera.
She tried to maintain her poses even while eating.
Bella kept giving me these cheesy fake smiles, so in an effort to get a genuine expression I said, 'Pretend like I just said we're going to Disneyland!' Creee-py.
Outside. That's better.
Timm prepared the grill for s'mores. That, or a visit from the fire department.
I like my marshmallows charred- like on fire, baby.
Requisite fireworks- the first we've done on our own. The girls both did well- Timm lit them on the driveway and we watched from the grass. Even though some of them were screeching and loud the girls never got too freaked out.
Until it was time to go in and then Fiona threw her usual tantrum, so the other 3 of us took this:
I like us. Even though I was bummed out that Molly refused to drive back for the holiday, and our other friends couldn't make it, and the Gilers were otherwise engaged, we had a good time. I like our little unit. Even when Fiona refuses to be a part of the photo documentation of said unit.


michelle said...

I feel that way, too, and it has saved me many a time when I have been feeling lonely.

Your burgers look awesome! I was planning to do that last night, but was gone all day and Marc and the kids brought home various stuff from Harmon's. We're grilling tomorrow.

Fiona's photo face kills me.

Jill said...

Apparently Bella's reaction to going to Disneyland is one of fear.

That picture of the grill is hilarious, no wonder your marshmallows were charred.

patsy said...

just lurking here from michelle's blog.

I just have to comment & say- I love that picture of the creative books below & all your beautiful projects!!

You are so talented-

happy independance day!

Petey said...

Those burgers looked and sounded amazing. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be craving one for the rest of my life.

Molly Krauss Smith said...

I love Fiona's one-eyed pirate smile. I miss that.

I could pull some strings for you at the fire dept. next time the grilling gets out of hand. :-)

Anonymous said...

Man this looks like a great day. Ours was lack luster...I need to kick it up a notch! That burger is driving me nuts...I want one!

Denise said...

Ditto Claire's comment. It's only 8 a.m. and I wish I had one of those burgers for breakfast. NOW.

I love all of your photos, as usual! Fiona's crazy, drunken pirate face cracks me up, and Bella's wild-eyed Disneyland face is one for the books.

I wish I could come with Emily next month. . . . .

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