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4th of July

July 6th, 2009 by Eleanor · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Hadley and Lydia in their 4th of July finest

Hadley and Lydia in their 4th of July finest

What a difference a year makes.  July 4 of last year is when I was put on bed-rest, marking the beginning of what Allan likes to call my “shut-in period.”  I basically missed summer last year (and fall and most of winter — not easy to leave the house with twins), so am especially excited by all the fabulous weather and am trying to spend as much time as possible outside. 

Allan and the girls along the canal in La Conner

Allan and the girls in La Conner

On Friday, we took a day trip to La Conner, which is a cute town just over an hour north of Seattle.  It is set along a canal, near the tulip festival, and is home to the author Tom Robbins.  On Saturday, we went to Allan’s colleague, Raj’s annual fourth of July party. 

Our fabulous host, Raj, and the girls

Our fabulous host, Raj, and the girls

Raj has the perfect place for the party, with a roof deck overlooking Lake Union, where the fireworks originate.  He continues to out do himself every year, and this was an especially impressive party — complete with catering by one of our favorite restaurants, stuffed animals for all the kids, and sparklers for the older kids.  However, the girls thought that the best part of the party was the beer cooler.  Like at the open house a few weekends ago, they planted themselves at the cooler for much of the party.  Hmmm, we’re beginning to sense a trend . . .

Lydia and Hadley at their favorite party spot -- near the beer cooler

Lydia and Hadley at their favorite party spot -- near the beer cooler

Lydia and Hadley didn’t quite make it for the fireworks, but were quite a hit at the party with the adorable red and blue striped seersucker sailor dresses that their Grandma Judy made.  The dresses also had really cute matching hats, but the girls were afraid they’d mess up their hair and so politely declined to wear them to the party.

Hadley, Lydia, and their hats

Hadley, Lydia, and their hats

We also harvested our fruit crop this weekend.  We have two sour cherry trees and four blueberry bushes that all produce tons of fruit (in addition to apple trees and new raspberry bush).  Allan made two cherry pies and I made blueberry muffins.   I think the cherries are done for the season, but we should have lots more blueberries and hopefully some raspberries as well.

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  • 1 Ken Jones // Jul 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Very cute. Your fruit crop sounds awesome.

  • 2 Trina // Jul 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I absolutely adore those dresses…and fun hats, though I see they’ve clearly outgrown the funny hat stage.

  • 3 Happy 4th of July! // Jul 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    […] few pics from our rainy, gray, and cold (don’t even get me started) 4th of July.   Raaj’s annual Fourth of July party: Sparklers on the deck overlooking Lake Union True to form, the girls had lots of fun playing in […]