Caroline's Last First Holiday

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hard to believe that Independence Day was officially the last "first" holiday to celebrate before baby girl turns one! So we wanted to have some fun with it. It started with these cookies...

Ahhhhmazing and so stinkin simple to make! My nieces helped me make them. The girls and my nephew spent the night Wednesday. These are seriously, quite possible the best cookies I've ever had.

Thursday morning meant red, white and blue pancake time with the red velvet pancakes, whipped cream and blueberries.

The three best little sous chefs in town.

It poured pretty much the entire day, but there was enough of a break in the rain for me to head to the back yard and cut some of our hydrangeas, some for our house and some to take to my parents where we cooked in instead of out.

It's becoming impossible to get a decent picture of Caroline with anyone else in it. 

The cooks.

Guess the day left everyone pretty worn out. We headed downtown for the annual 4th parade that evening, but the rain started again as we were walking down, so Juston took Caroline back to the car to wait it out while I took one of my nieces and my nephew on to watch and chase candy in the streets that everyone on the floats was tossing. I had intentions of taking Caroline home and putting her to bed like usual, and then leaving her with her Daddy there before heading back to my parents to watch the fireworks with my family like I do every year, but since the rain was headed our way, yet again, they started the fireworks about thirty minutes earlier than advertised, so we watched what we could from our back deck in the falling rain, sipped our drinks and called it a night. 

Independence Day took on a whole new meaning for our big girl though since she took her first steps to her cousin and then again to her Uncle. Naturally, I missed the first time and tried to video the second time, but she only did it when I put my phone does she know? Interesting times lie ahead in the Pate household. Hope your Fourth was wonderful!

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