Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July 4th | In Pictures

Our July 4th celebration was a good one!  Thankfully, the rain keep at bay both for the Village fireworks on Friday evening and for the festivities on Saturday.  Here is a little video clip of the fireworks that I posted on Instagram.  We walked down to the park with friends, spread out our blankets, lit a few sparklers, took a few selfies, and willed the sun to set so the show could begin.  It is usually one of my favorite nights of the year in our village (when the weather cooperates), it's fun to sit with all our neighbors (and you pretty much know everyone in a town our size), listen to the carillonneur play patriotic songs on the bells in the tower next to the ball fields and hear all the kids ooo and ahhh.  I love the walk back home too, among all wagons and scooters, with many sleepy little heads resting on the shoulders of their parents, the street so full that no cars can pass through. 

On Saturday, the boys and I went to Ault Park for the Children's Parade (Daddy was golfing).  Andrew just watched this year (approaching the upper age limit.... so sad...)   I think Charlie started first and did more laps than anyone else, and there were 170 kids in the parade!  He might have mistaken the parade for a race...  As always, the over achieving parents were out in full force. ;)  I do admire their creativity and dedication! 

In the evening my parents joined us for dinner on the patio.  I didn't take any pics, but thankfully my Dad had his camera...

^ I did snap this one of a little checkers match while I was setting up the food in the kitchen..^^

^^ I made this rib recipe... 6 hours in the oven!..So good.  I will tweak the spice rub next time just a little to suit our liking.  Less chili powder and paprika.  They were so good though. ^^

^^ I made my classic potato salad (recipe not on blog...any interest?), grilled corn and watermelon slices.  Such an easy menu because I could made the potato salad early in the day, pop the ribs in the oven and spend the afternoon at the pool with my family.  Then while Jimmy fired up the grill for the corn, I finished off the ribs and made the sauce.  So easy.^^

^^ I had questions about my dress on Instagram.. It's from Boden and likely on sale right now...^^

^^ The dork in me got a little too excited about learning how to take these fun sparkler pics.  I took about 20.   To replicate...make sure it is dark out (I took a lot when it was still too light and while  pretty cool, they are so much better when it is dark!) Put camera on tripod, in manual setting, set time to 3-5 seconds depending on what you are drawing or writing, set ISO to 200 and f/20.. ^^ 

Hope you made some fun memories too! 


  1. Would love to know your homemade potato salad recipe - please share!!

  2. I'd also love your recipe! Thanks for sharing your festive 4th!

  3. Well, of course I would love your potato salad recipe. ;) All your recipes sound delish!! Loved your 4th recap. I love seeing everyone's photos of their different festivities. :)

  4. always interested in a great potato salad recipe Glad your willing to share Looks like you had a fun time

    Thanks linda m

  5. Hi, Tessa! My question has nothing to do with your Fourth of July post, but I will ask it anyway!

    I LOVE the silhouettes of your boys in your dining room! We have two little ones ourselves, and I would just love to have silhouettes of the same size and quality made for our kiddos. I see you used Cut Arts for your silhouettes. I was wondering if you went to one of his traveling events to have them done, or if you sent photos of your children to him to have them done long distance. I would love to have him do my children's silhouettes, but it doesn't look like he will be in our vicinity any time soon. I would like to know how you went about getting them! Your home is so lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

    1. Thanks! I sent profile shots and they turned out perfect!

  6. Would love the potato salad recipe! And I need to try Ina's viniagrette one that you have mentioned in the past. On another note, where are your napkins from? Are they the les indiennes that John Derian carries?