A complete one-eighty from last year, we had a wonderful time celebrating America's birthday with great friends.
And the food. Oh, the food. De-lish.
We only invited a small few - largely because that's about all our deck can hold while still allowing for comfortable firework viewing.
We enjoyed good food and good company until some of us found it a little too overwhelming (and much past our bed time!).
Leah had to bow out early, so she missed the fireworks for a second year in a row.
Everyone else settled in to watch the many fireworks shows that dot the skyline and can be seen from our house.
Perhaps a little too comfortable for some...
It was a lovely evening. We are lucky beyond words to be able to share these days with such wonderful people.
As I sat there in the glow of a dozen fireworks shows with a full belly, surrounded by my husband and our friends and their children, it absolutely took my breath away.
This is my life. Wow.
Fortunately, I had the mess of cleaning up all that holiday fun to help bring me back down to reality.