with the ILs home for a visit, it was a very happy 4th of july. and as we often do, we hosted a BBQ at the house of wan to celebrate.
i got up early to get started on some of the goodies for the day. first up: pureeing the watermelon to make some delicious watermelon lemonade.
i also made a batch of red velvet brownies with white chocolate frosting. yay for finding a reason to use my red, white & blue star sprinkles!
and because i was on a red velvet roll (and it was so pretty and festive), a batch of red velvet ice cream. i tossed in some mini chocolate chips and swirled in cream cheese ice cream.
people. if you have an ice cream maker, i highly, HIGHLY recommend you make this stuff. it was worth the cost of the machine alone. oh, so good. and gone. so sad.
i'd made the bean a special dress for the occasion that i found on pinterest. i'm really pleased with how it turned out, although i made the mistake of not cleaning up the leftover materials before the hub got home. "you cut up BRAND NEW clothes to make that??" oy vey. he didn't make a fuss when the teen chopped up a perfectly good tee that he'd bought her at old navy only the day before. hmph.
i took the girls to downtown glendora for their 4th of july parade. we got there just as it started, and damn - if you blinked, you missed it. it was mostly city officials and a bunch of old cars. oh, well.
the bean was captivated by the equestrian team - okay, really just a handful of folks on horses.
and then it was over.
much later, after we grilled these and chowed down on 'em like the carnivores we are:
we piled into the car and came here:
clowned around a little:
and enjoyed these.
all in all, 'twas a very lovely independence day. a lovely day indeed.