Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrating the 4th of July

A very special Thank You to Nate and Krystal for inviting  us to spend the day with them. Their son Arik was visiting for  the day, and their son Austin with his girlfriend/fiancee Brittany had also arrived and would be staying through the weekend.

Nate was cooking burgers on the grill and had also prepared a crock pot of pulled pork.  I made up a potato and macaroni salad and a large dish of coleslaw.  Krystal, showing off those creative skills again,  prepared white chocolate dipped strawberries and pretzels with red/white and blue sprinkles and a mock cheese cake also decorated in red, white and blue for the holiday.  Add a perfectly chilled Sangria and the day was off to a great start.

Below are a few pictures of everyone enjoying the food and good company. 
Nate and Rich (either talking pickleball or the stock market!)  Austin, Arik, Nate, Krystal and Rich in the buffet line!  Nate and Ava , and my favorite picture of the day, Austin and Brittany celebrating the day with their sparklers.


After eating we sat out on the lanai for a while and were ready to play a game of corn hole....but we changed our minds, changed into our pickleball gear and headed for the pickleball courts, nearby at the Mulberry Recreation Center.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to intervene.  The sky darkened, there was thunder in the background............and before we were able to finish our second game  the sky opened up!

Below is Nate and I, Arik and Austin, Britt waiting to play and Ava , just glad she was not left at home alone......... (Thanks for sharing these pictures, Krystal)


It was early evening when we headed for home after a very fun day with friends.   We hope to get Britt and Austin out to Bunco tomorrow.  And Rich and Austin hope to get together before they leave on Sunday to play some billiards.

Thanks again, Nate and Krystal for inviting us to celebrate today with your family.

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