We had a super mellow and lovely fourth. We started the day with a family walk to the park. When it became too hot to handle the girls got into the creek and "rescued" bugs and gathered seaweed.
Later we had a feast at my parents' home. Veggie dogs, corn, baked beans, melon, pineapple, salad, chips, and more. We were stuffed.
So we went out back and lounged in the shade while the girls played in the pool.
It was really a very hot day, so we were just super lazy and mellow. Eventually we had some soy ice cream cones before heading home.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing and hanging out at home. Last year we let the girls stay up for fireworks and this year we decided that the heavy price of cranky girls was not worth it, so we put the girls to bed and then just hung out at home. It was mellow and lovely.