Independence Day Weekend Fun

Happy Independence Day!! The 4th of July is one of our family’s favorite holidays. It includes most of our favorite things; family, friends, cookouts, the pool, and ice cold drinks. With the 4th falling on a Tuesday this year, our favorite fireworks display in our community decided to celebrate early on Saturday, so we did the same. 
We rounded up our closest family and friends and threw a pitch in around our pool. It was a beautiful sunny day in the mid 80’s. We decided to make marinated pork steak skewers and homemade mac and cheese. The pork steak skewers are Cooper’s absolute favorite. They were quite a crowd pleaser as well. It was a great day to hang out by the pool and enjoy the day with everyone.

Once everyone had their fill of food we started loading up the Jeeps to head to fireworks adventure (Colt stayed home to snuggle with Grandma). Our favorite spot is on a neighboring golf course. The course is closed down and everyone brings their own lawn chairs and blankets and sits on the fairways to view the show. The fireworks show is quite spectacular, however, just as spectacular is the laser show that accompanies the fireworks. Sitting on the ground and looking up on the laser show is mesmerizing and brings a whole different experience to the fireworks. Cooper is always amazed at the lasers, as are the adults!

Besides the fireworks and laser show there is plenty to do at the fireworks display. For the kids, there are inflatables, games, and plenty of light up accessories. Local business and food trucks set up shop to sell their goodies. There is even a beer garden for adults. It is such a great environment for everyone in the family.

One of my personal favorite things they do is at the start of the night. Everyone is asked to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance together; followed by the National Anthem and GOD Bless America. For me personally, this is such a great thing to teach our kids. On our way over to the display we took a few minutes to talk to Cooper about what the holiday means and why we are celebrating. I’m sure it is hard for a 5-year-old to comprehend how lucky he truly is to live in our great county and have the freedoms that we take for granted every day, but we made sure he knew it wasn’t just about fireworks. We also always try to remind him that our military men and women make all of this possible.

The fireworks were great as usual, everyone had an absolute blast. After our small adventure we headed back home to get some much needed rest. The rest of the long weekend looks about the same. Cookouts, family, friends, drinks, and some much needed pool time. Thanks for taking the time to check in on our adventures, we really appreciate it. We hope everyone has a safe and adventurous holiday weekend.

Our Next Big Adventure

Hello! Welcome to The Adventuring Family, and thank you for taking the time to check out our blog. We are the parents of a 5 year old and a newborn, who try to find the adventure in everyday life. Adventure is defined as an exciting or remarkable experience. We believe that life is an adventure, and each day there are remarkable things to experience. Of course we Love taking big vacations, but this blog is about not just the big vacation adventures, it is also about the everyday experiences, jeep rides, outdoor family excursions, and around the house fun. We likewise do our best to see the Adventure in life’s many misadventures, as large or small as they may be, and try to keep a sense of humor about life’s adversity. Our family consists of Amy (Mom), Zac (Dad), Cooper (Our 5 year old Son), Colt (the new addition), Jake (Our 6 year old Golden Retriever), and Bo (the puppy).

Why did we start this blog?   We had started a bucket list together as a couple about 6 years ago and one of the many items on the list was to start a blog.  Well, here we go, this is our next big adventure, we are stepping out of our comfort zone again and starting The Adventuring Family Blog.  We hope that this blog pushes us to live our life even more adventurously, purposefully, and having fun as a family.  This is most definitely far out of our comfort zone, as we have absolutely NO IDEA how to build and manage a blog, so we have had a steep learning curve.  We have always been “bite off more than we can chew”, and “too much on our plate” kind of people, so why not! Lastly, in a life that  is consumed by technology and screens, we want to raise our sons to enjoy the outdoors and the little things in life.  They are the most important part of our family and we want to cherish these moments with him, building memories that will last him a lifetime.  This will hopefully be a fun and unique way for us to look back at the fun that we have had.

What can you expect from The Adventuring Family Blog?  Well, to put it simply, a little bit of everything.  We love to travel, try new things, be spontaneous, and adventure around our home and community, so we plan to blog about our getaways as well as our everyday.  We are definitely “foodies” who love to cook, so you can expect some of our favorite recipes.  Some of our favorite nights are spent together in the kitchen cooking as a family.  We will also be active on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube (links below).  This is a jumping off point for us so we hope that the blog will only expand from here.

Finally, we would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our blog! This is a new adventure for our family and although there may be some bumps getting going, we plan to jump in with both feet. We hope you enjoy our blog and continue to check back in for updates.