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Weekend Recap: 4th of July Festivities

July 5, 2011


I’m clearly in a good mood (and/or buzzing on my new addiction: iced coffee sweetened with vanilla and a splash of soy milk).  I just went on a lovely 4-mile run and caught up on everyone’s holiday weekend happenings.  I firmly believe happiness is infectious, so reading about all the fun everyone had has certainly added to my good mood.  Let me pass on the love 🙂


Tomato salad, courtesy of my mom.

Let me be honest and admit that I’m guilty of having big expectations for the 4th of July every year, only to be disappointed when rain pours and plans fall through and I end up spending the night bored at home.  This year was different.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my (almost) 22 years on this Earth it’s that:

Big expectations —-> big let down.

So this 4th of July I just went with the flow.  No plans, no expectations.  Just a positive attitude.

And good food!


Oh pancakes, how I missed you.


And since it was a holiday and all (and yes, the whole weekend counted as a holiday), I decided to let loose.


Soda?  Who am I??

I felt like the 4th of July wasn’t complete without some cold cream soda.  And hey, the ingredient list wasn’t half bad.


And while I’m usually against frozen packaged foods, I couldn’t resist these.


Or this.


This should last me all of a week.

Sunday night dinner (hey, I cooked!) consisted of burgers and watermelon.


These chickpea burgers are hands down the best bean burgers I’ve ever made.  Joey agrees.

And yes, yes that is the famous garlic scape pesto.


Nothing says summer like fresh juicy watermelon.

And because I hadn’t gotten crazy enough with the cream soda and frozen fries, I went ahead and had a bratwurst on Monday. 


Lauren, you don’t eat meat!” 

“Au contraire, mon frère ami!”


Bratwurst = 4th of July staple.


Red, white and blue potato salad.

After chowing down on some BBQ goodies, the family and I ventured into Boulder to catch the fireworks show at Folsom Field (the University of Colorado football stadium).


It was actually a lot of fun!


We participated in a giant sing-a-long.


Why is there a wolf on the stage?


Watched Ralphie the Buffalo (#1 mascot represent!) run across the field.


Whoops, blurry!

And enjoyed a spectacular fireworks show, albeit one with the worst accompanying playlist ever.


And it was at this point that I realized trying to get firework pictures was just a waste of time.

Enjoying fireworks in real time > trying to get a decent photograph of them.

It’s going to be a great (and short!) week, my friends.  I’m off to turn in some paperwork at our new apartment (hurray!) then to get my haircut (double hurray!) before leaving for our trip to Santa Fe at the end of the week (yet one more hurray!).


What did you do this weekend/4th of July?

What puts you in a good mood?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2011 12:12 PM

    I love hearing about what makes other people smile, too… it’s like a constant reminder of how much good there is in the world, and how many things we have to be grateful for. I also think that a great way to stay in a good mood is to abandon those darned expectations, because you’re right… they totally get in the way of happiness. This is actually something I used to struggle with a lot… if things didn’t go the way I’d envisioned them, I’d get all bummed instead of realizing that they were still great, just different. I’m glad to hear that you had a great 4th, and that you have a great week ahead 😀

    • July 5, 2011 7:09 PM

      Glad I’m not the only who really struggled with having high expectations. I’ve ruined way too many holidays and special occasions by having some perfect vision for what they’d be like only to be totally let down when reality didn’t live up to my dreams. Glad we both know better now 🙂 And it’s mad me all the happier 😀

  2. July 5, 2011 12:34 PM

    What a great weekend!! I went with the flow this weekend too – it was nice! I went away for the weekend with family.

  3. July 5, 2011 1:01 PM

    Woo hoo! Your weekend sounds awesome. I used to love cream soda.. but I think it might be too sweet for me, now. Good for you for mixing in the good food with the more indulgent foods.
    That firework show looks super fun.. too. The year I live in CO, I think we just watched a lame one at a high school stadium or something like that.

  4. July 5, 2011 2:36 PM

    Welll, I want all your food now. And I like soda as a treat once in a huge while. Same with fries–those sweet potato ones look so good! And I feel like the 4th never meets HUGE expectations, but meets go-with-the-flow ones just right 😀

    And iced coffee puts me in a pretty good mood, too.

    • July 5, 2011 7:06 PM

      It’s definitely been a huge while since I’ve had soda. Craving: satisfied.

  5. jessgobananas permalink
    July 5, 2011 4:19 PM

    Your weekend sounds like it was a lot of fun! Sunshine is something that definitely makes me happy-the kind where no clouds or a few clouds cover the sky!! 🙂

  6. July 5, 2011 6:42 PM

    I’m glad things are going well with the new apartment! Must be a big relief 🙂
    Your fourth of july looks great! i love low-key, so it all looks good to me. And I love that pic of you and Joey!

    • July 5, 2011 7:05 PM

      Thanks, Jess. Not loving the flash, but it turned out better than my firework pictures…

  7. July 5, 2011 6:55 PM

    Hurray, hurray, and hurray!!

    We totally went with the flow this weekend, it was laid back, fun, and some much needed relaxment 🙂

  8. July 5, 2011 9:04 PM

    We had those sweet potato fries minus the spicy coating for dinner tonight! 🙂

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