This 4th of July was lots of fun! On Friday we visited our cousin in Wisconsin. We went to her house and had a BBQ. She has a 2-year-old son that was very outgoing. The hotel was nice too. It had a big pool and French toast and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. The next day we went to see my cousin and aunt in Chicago. We went to her house and she had a nice lunch planned for us. Then went went downtown and explored the city and went to an Asian restaurant called Joyee. We also visited the Palmer house which is a very luxurious hotel. We got to ride the L (train) to the city. It had 100 different drinks. I had a pomegranate icee with ice cream. The next day we swam at the beach during the day and watched fireworks at night.
My aunt’s house is over 100 years old. It was made for little people. The ceiling is really low, I had to bend over several times. The bathrooms are very small and the stairs are very hard to walk up. The stairs are smaller than your feet. If you walk up too fast, you will fall. In the backyard there is a door like the house from the wizard of oz. It is slanted from the ground and props open, leading to the basement. This was originally a farm house but it’s not anymore. Now its in the middle of the city!
This 4th of July weekend I was fortunate enough to have off work both Saturday and Sunday. I spent Saturday with my boyfriend Glynn and watched fireworks in town. On Sunday we spend some time with his family, ate burgers his dad cooked on the grill and ended the evening with a spontaneous painting session. Disclaimer: I’m completely new to painting, but I enjoy it exceedingly more than I expected.
This is my second time painting (ever), and I find it’s a great outlet for creativity and even built up emotions. Even if you’re not an artist, I’d encourage anyone to pick up a paint brush and try it; you may surprise yourself!
I’m still brainstorming ideas for my next painting. I’ll be sure to post pictures when the time comes 🙂
Here’s a few pictures of Glynn’s and my painting day:
Yes, this year my family and I started the 4th all decked out in red, white and blue in Lambert airport. At 4 a.m., I was going through security to get on a plane to go to Mexico. Now, it wasn’t just a normal family vacation. My cousin was getting married. It was a week-long family vacation.
The resort we stayed at was all-inclusive. So, we had all the food and… alcohol we wanted. My family took full advantage of that. I had a lot of first experiences while I was there. I went Kayaking, which I was super nervous about at first. I’m glad I did it though, it was so much fun! I highly recommend it! I saw MJ for the first time. Not really, it was a Micheal Jackson impersonator. I had some Salmon and Lobster. I found out that I love salmon, and hate lobster. It was also my first time swimming in an ocean…with sting rays! No, it wasn’t an excursion. At first I was freaked out but I got use to them. Most importantly this was my first time seeing my cousin getting married and it was beautiful. I am so happy for him and his new wife.
Between all the shenanigans I made some new friends! Iguanas roamed around the resort. I saw at least 10 a day. Possibly could be the same ones but it is still a lot. We had a waiter throughout the whole week named Lorenzo and he was the sweetest. He went out of his way to make sure we were satisfied. He said he only makes $4 a day, so we made sure to tip him well because he deserves it, while he is trying to look for work in America. Within a year he will be able too, and I hope the best for him!
Selfie in Mexico
Set up for reception
I love this amphibian.
The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is one the biggest celebrations in the United States. This national holiday is to celebrate the United States’ independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the United States had announced the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
On July 4th, my friend told me the traditional thing to do here is to watch fireworks, to eat barbecue, to watch the parade, to join the fairs downtown, or to have a family reunion. I am glad I study at St. Louis, since we always have fireworks around the downtown Arch, and we have a wonderful parade for every big holiday. There are so many things to do in St. Louis for July 4th. I watched parades, fireworks, and ate delicious food with friends. What did you do for your independence day?
I’m hoping you enjoyed the July 4th this year.
Happy Birthday to the United States.