Last-Minute July 4th Celebration

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I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Mal, Murphy, and I had a great one!

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It started out like a regular day: OMG Pancakes for breakfast.

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A CrossFit workout.

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We did a hero WOD (“D.T.”) in honor of Independence Day.


And then Mal and I decided to host a last-minute barbeque at our house, which meant we needed to take a quick trip to the grocery store.

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Clean our house.

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And backyard.

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And prep the food.

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We kept the menu short and sweet, which really simplified things for us.

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Ready to party!

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We served veggies and dip.

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Watermelon, cheeseburgers, and Pretzel Crisps with salsa.

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Our friends brought ribs, pasta salad, cookies, more burgers, sausage, chicken.

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Red velvet cake.

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Watermelon beer, homemade wine, more watermelon, and Doritos.

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We had quite the feast!

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Besides tons of delicious food and drink, there was also plenty of yard games.

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Polish horseshoes.

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With Burpee penalties!

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Team Blue Shirt.

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Good times!

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How did you spend your 4th of July?



  1. That was so great of you to host a party last minute, I’m sure all your friends appreciated it! I went to the Chicago Art Institute with a girl from my internship who’d never been, and we grabbed lunch. Then in the evening I hung out with my brother and sister-in-law and we took their dog Molly to the lake front to watch the Navy Pier firework show!

  2. I spy some Shock Top…we had the same yesterday! How was the Watermelon Ale? I tried a Lychee(!) Ale recently and it was more like cider than I would’ve liked…

  3. I spent my time in someone’s backyard too – it just happened to be at the White House…yes, I’m a name dropper. 😉 So exciting to see DC fireworks from the President’s lawn! A good time was had by all. It was lots of hot, sweaty fun and the fireworks were awesome – I even found myself gasping at times which is totaly not me! Tons of fun followed by another day of work. Yes, it’s a bit of a bummer today.

      1. I used 55 pounds and finished in 10:41. I really underestimated the hang cleans on this one. They were by far the toughest part for me.

  4. Nice! That cake does look delicious!!!

    My husband and I just ran errands and car shopped. With the dealerships closed, we could peruse without being hassled! Then we watched the fireworks in downtown Dover. Good times!

  5. That sounds like a super fun, relaxing day. I didn’t do a whole lot on the day. Watched TV, edited, ran to the grocery store for stuff for our own Independence Celebration tonight (my aunt hosts it and she only gets Thursdays off. Tradition.), and then went swimming and made cupcake cones (Red Velvet. Must be a holiday thing. LOL). Published my first book on Smashwords, which was an awesome personal accomplishment, and I was so happy to have the day off work to do it!

  6. Looks like you had a lot of fun with friends! We had a low key day yesterday, but have friends coming over to sit at the pool today. I wish we had a yard to play yard games in – but I guess the complex pool will do!

  7. I love that Hooker Watermelon Beer. We had the same brew last year at our Fourth of July party. So sad I didn’t have it this year. That and a piece of the Red Velvet Cake would be a fantasy meal for me.

  8. Dt is the wod that we have ine the semi finale at the reebok championship in paris, this was the firt crossfit competition in france 😉 i was arrive in finale 😉 crossfit is the best

  9. Looks pretty much perfect. I’m hosting a BBQ/potluck tonight so I hope it turns out as well as yours seemed to. 😉 I’m Canadian, so yesterday, I had a job interview, then went hiking/picnic with a friend, then running errands for my sister’s baby shower this weekend then home to work on my online course…phew! I did watch the fireworks on NBC though.

  10. Watermelon Ale sounds so interesting! Looks like you had a fun 4th! My husband and I ran a 5K in the morning rain and I PR’d whoo hoo! Then we spent the day at my in-laws BBQ by the pool. It was a nice but really hot day!

  11. My CrossFit was closed on the 4th, but we did Murph the day before. Actually, I did a 1/2 Murph and that was tough for me! I can’t imagine doing the whole workout, at least not yet. Have you done this one yet?

  12. My box went the “Exorcist Stairs” in Georgetown it was so hard!

    I also had a last minute get together, but I didn’t invite many people because I wasn’t sure how the view from my balcony would work for watching the fireworks, thankfully it was a success!

  13. First off, your living room is absolutely adorable! Such cute, but simple decorations! Secondly, explain to me what Polish Horseshoes is?

    So glad to see that you had such a great Independence Day with yummy foods and friends 🙂

  14. looks like you had a fun day! i woke up early and made breakfast for my boyfriend and me. eggs, bacon and cinnamon rolls. and lots of coffee. then he ran off for errands and i went to a yoga class. after that, we just went to the pool, napped during the afternoon and went to a cookout at a friends for dinner. it was a nice day hanging with my best friend. we’ve been together for a year now and i’m just still as over the moon for him as I was the first time I laid my eyes on him 🙂

  15. Is red velvet cake the new Fourth of July thing? It seems like everyone on FB was posting pics of theirs and now you too! Looks so yummy though, its a “thing” I can get behind if it is or isn’t 😀

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