For this family, holidays and family gatherings are synonymous.
The 4Th of July brought lots of family to visit and lots of FOOD with them.
This Writer is therefore dieting this week!!!
Plenty of pictures captured this entirely wonderful weekend.
To cap off the festivities, our family of 5 plus my Mom the Bride
headed across the way to the Club
as guests of our wonderful neighbors who we just adore
and watched some of the best fireworks
we've ever seen --apart from the Mouse House, naturally.
(those cannot be beat - I am a Floridian at heart, after all and am loyal)
The weather was clear and dark and a slight bathwater -warm breeze
blew up gently over the rocks and made us dreamily comfortable as we watched the colors blasting directly overhead.
Watching the ant-sized versions of fireworks all over the city below from our perch at the edge of the mountain was a tremendous treat
and afterwards my boys all road home on their backs in the bed of the Hubby's pickup
while I leisurely wound our way home.
From now on we will intentionally vie for an annual invite from our unsuspecting neighbors.
Summer on this Tennessee mountain is serenely beautiful.
Bubbles percolating on our back porch that blow around under the circulating fans,
sprinklers in the front yard that bring all the neighbors running to play in the water together,
a trampoline that briefly sways with happy jumpers,
friends' gatherings that end long after a school night's curfew...
it's a wonderful summer.