Happy Fourth of July! Snooze

Today is Independence Day, one of my favorite holidays. Every year, my family and the family Mom and Uncle Dave grew up with convene at The Camp for a day of lakeside fun that usually includes playing King of the Raft, Mom running around with her camera, Jake and the other dogs tearing up and down the dock, rides on the family redneck's speedboat, and trash can turkey. Due to the circumstances of Grandpa's illness, we canceled this year's event.

Our Fourth celebration has been- for the past few years- the only time I really made it to The Camp, and the only time I could just relax. But I can't imagine doing that without Grandpa, even though we'll have to in the future.

After last week's hectic schedule (I ended up photographing four weddings instead of three!), Shelby and I visited Grandpa Saturday, I had my fourth wedding last night, so today we kept with the yearly tradition of relaxing. I slept in, we cleaned and organized the apartment (somewhat), went to TJ Maxx for a set of sheets- and walked out with more, as per usual- then came home and napped.

Now we're about to eat leftover Giuseppe's from Saturday night. Not the typical way I enjoy spending the holiday, but we haven't had a day like this in so long. Next year we'll get back in the spirit. I still tied my stars and stripes ribbon in my hair, though!