Other than celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the only other holidays we’ve had with Mari were Valentine’s Day. Which we spent in the hospital (since she was born the 12) and Easter, which was exciting, but she was still too little to get excited over her basket or goodies. I felt like the fourth of July was the first holiday that we’ve had with her, that made me realize what people mean when they say “having kids make holidays more fun”.
If you know me or have followed along here for a while, you know that I always have “fun” on holidays. ( 😉 ) so to be honest, I didn’t expect my holiday celebrations to drastically become more exciting once we had babies. However, I finally understand how much more special they are. Seeing Mari’s eyes light up watching her first firework show, and having a first of many 4th of July celebration with her cousin made me feel grateful, nostalgic for my childhood, and so excited for future holidays with her. So, I don’t know if you’d call this 4th of July more “fun” than what we’ve done previous years, but man it sure was the most special one yet.
I made this little video to remind my future self of many things:
- Mari and Nico’s first 4th of July celebration. A BBQ and a driveway firework show at Meemaw and Papa’s, and their first with grandbabies.
- How proud I was of Harvey. He gets bad anxiety around fireworks, but he sat in between Mari and I the majority of the time, and was so brave to protect his girls.
- How strange times were in our country, but how thankful we felt to be able to publicly express our views and opinions, and be able to celebrate this beautiful country of ours with our family.
- I also think back to the 4th of July last year, and how homesick I felt being in another country. I was so physically sick (I didn’t know I was pregnant yet) and all I wanted was to be home with family and friends, having a BBQ and watching fireworks. I remember telling myself “next year, I will have that again.” Just four days later, we found out that our Mari girl would be here to celebrate with us. That day seems like yesterday, and yet here we are.
As you all know, I love capturing memorable moments, no matter how big or mundane they seem. I love these simple times with family, and even if it feels divided and confusing at this time, I love this country that we are lucky to call ours, and I am so glad that we were “home” this year to celebrate it.
I hope you all had a happy 4th!
Onto the next adventure, Wren