Friday, July 4, 2014

Home of the Free and the Brave

There hasn't been too much going on since we've been back from D.C.  We were supposed to go to the beach, Charleston, SC, this weekend, but when we heard that Hurricane Arthur was hitting the east coast, we cancelled our hotel and decided on a stay-cation, instead.  We have had great weather...some of you have been texting me and asking.  It's so crazy to know that hurricanes and tornadoes are so close to us.  I've never had to worry about natural disasters...except earthquakes, I guess.  So what have we done during our stay-cation?  Well, not that much.  And nothing out of the ordinary.  
Josh had taken off Thursday (yesterday), so we headed to IKEA, Hobby Lobby and World Market to get a few things for the house.  We are trying to finish decorating the loft, put the remaining curtains up and a few loose ends here and there.  We figured we use our hotel refund towards the house.  It was a long day, but got some fun stuff to spruce up the house.  I seriously have decorating ADD...always moving things around and rearranging (I'm my mother's child for sure)!  
Yesterday was the 4th of July and we had a relaxing, long day.  It started with relaxing around the house in the morning and then our BBQ plans fell through so we went to Qdoba Mexican Grill for lunch with our friends, the Nyborgs.   

Don't know why I look so crazy in this picture...
Afterward, we went and got our swimsuits on and went over to Carowinds.  Our favorite place here in the Carolinas ;)  Apparently everyone in the southeast had the same idea we did.  There were a gazillion people.  Kind of like if you went to Disneyland on July 4th.  But Josh said it was very appropriate for the in "Sandlot." It was fun finally having Josh with us while we played in the kiddie pool.  Charlotte had the time of her life.  It was really hot too, so it was a nice way cool off. 
The rest of the day, we stayed in. The sun totally wiped us out. And Charlotte didn't take a nap, so there was no way I was keeping her up to watch fireworks! It took us a while to get her to bed.  Luckily, the local fireworks didn't wake her up.  We watched a few from the upstairs windows (we couldn't see them if we walked outside) and just laid around and were lazy.  I love holidays for that reason!  
I am so grateful to be an American and live in a country where I have the ability to choose what I want to do.  What religion I want to practice, what schools I want to go too, where I want to live, who I want to marry....all those decisions have been my own.  I think we take for granted the amazing country we really do live in.  I know I do.  I try my hardest to appreciate everything I have and all the freedoms I get to enjoy and the men and woman to fight for our country everyday; who leave their families and serve for ME!  THANK YOU!  I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!!

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