Happy Monday! One of my summer classes wrapped up last week so now I actually have Monday mornings free, which feels really weird! I hope those of you celebrating the fourth of July had a swell holiday weekend. My dad picked me up from Milwaukee last Wednesday after my anatomy lab and took me back to my hometown. It was wonderful to see my family again! On Thursday morning we started cooking up a storm and cleaning the house for visitors later in the afternoon. Last year we started a new tradition of making themed food for the holiday. Last summer we made Cajun food and this fourth we made Mediterranean food!
We made homemade pita bread, falafel, grilled veggies and chicken on a stick, chopped pita toppings, fresh fruit, homemade hummus, and Greek salad. In addition to this, we also made a pitcher of white sangria and a fruit pizza for dessert. Everyone ate so much, but the food was worth the coma that came afterwards! Thankfully, the rain held off and the temperatures cooled as evening rolled around, so we were able to sit outside on the back deck to enjoy our food.
My dad loves bean bag toss, so I played a few rounds with him and discovered that I am very bad at the game! I will view this as having lots of room for improvement haha! He won each game by 7-19 points but it was fun to try out different techniques of throwing the bags! My dad also bought three foot long sparklers on the internet for us to try out before the fireworks. The smallest package was a set of 48, so we had giant sparklers galore! It was too hot for a campfire, so we just put a bunch of sparklers in the fire pit lid and set them off instead. They burned for about three minutes, which was a sight to see!
It was so fun to see family and friends this weekend. I saw a high school buddie for the first time since last August and it was great to catch up. I also enjoy the anticipation of the fireworks when everyone is sitting out on the deck watching the sky get darker and listening for the city band in the distance to play the national anthem, which marks the start of the lights show. While waiting for the show to start, my parents were talking about the vines that grow on the back of our house and I noticed that my mom had used my sister's jewelry box to prop up one of the air conditioning units on the second floor! When I pointed it out, she told us she was worried the air conditioner was going to fall out of the window so she used it as a support when installing the unit and forgot to take it back inside when she was done. So, my sister isn't getting that box back until the end of summer haha!! When my dad bought the sparklers, he bought three luminaries so that he qualified for free shipping. We let one go right as the fireworks started and are saving the other two for another day. You can see its progress and disappearance in the middle GIF below.
I am experimenting with creating video memories that capture snippets of everyday life. I haven't been a video person much in the past, but there have been an increasing number of moments lately when I think mini videos convey events better than still images. So, be prepared to see some more video clips in future blog posts! Ryan and I made a calendar of events for the month of July of things to do, so that will fuel the posts after I publish the ones I prepped on Friday. I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday weekend! Thanks for reading!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!