Tradition. I’m a sucker for traditions. Since Brian and I began dating, we always spent July 4 in Morristown, TN visiting his family. I’ve only missed this fun event one time – last year when I was 8 months pregnant with Mason.
We made the 4 hour trek this year and the trip didn’t disappoint. This was the first time that many of Brian’s family would meet Mason. We were excited to introduce our little man to everyone and he hammed it up. He loved meeting everyone. We arrived the afternoon of the 3rd and hung out for a bit before checking into the hotel and getting a nap in for Mason. Afterwards we went to Aunt Bea’s house for a delicious home cooked meal and then headed to Stevie and Sherrie’s house for a evening dip in the pool. Mason thoroughly enjoyed the pool and we hung out until late in the evening watching fireworks. Before we knew it, it was nearing 9:30 and that meant time to pack up and get back to the hotel to rest up for the fun events that awaited us on the 4th.
Mason slept like a champ in his pack-n-play and woke up a happy baby. We feasted on breakfast at the hotel and even though Mason doesn’t wear bibs anymore, I couldn’t pass up this photo opportunity.
After breakfast, we played, napped, toured Morristown and then headed to Aunt Lou’s for the family gathering. Mason was able to meet a lot of new people and did wonderfully. We enjoyed an All American cookout for the 4th, played games despite the brief rain shower and enjoyed homemade ice cream. Around 4pm, we loaded up the car and started our journey back to NC as Brian had to work the next day.
When we arrived in Winston, we were greeted with this beautiful rainbow.
What a perfect ending to a wonderful Fourth of July. Do you do the same thing every year for Independence Day? Cookout? Swim? Vacation? Do tell.