I hope you all had a nice time this past weekend celebrating the 4th of July, however you chose to celebrate it.
We headed south to spend the weekend in Phoenix. Funny, the majority of people were heading north to celebrate the weekend in Prescott. Prescott is known for its 4th of July celebration and its rodeo, that occurs the week of the 4th of July. Traffic was light heading south, heavy traveling north.
Our ultimate goal was a barbecue with son and his girlfriend, along with her mom, who we would be meeting for the first time, as well as her sister and cousin who is temporarily staying with her. We had met her sister and cousin before.
But first we did a little sightseeing. We did a tour of the stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play their football games and where last year's Super Bowl was at. It was a fascinating tour and I'll share more about it next April during A/Z because I semi have a theme in mind of places visited in Arizona for the theme. Its a tour well taken if one is in the area.
Afterwards, we picked up some things for the barbecue and headed over to son's place. His girlfriend had to work, but he was barbecuing and smoking ribs and other meat; she would be off work around 4:30 with plans to eat about 7 p.m. Son and hubby had a good opportunity to do some father to son talking that needed to be done. I talked with his girlfriend's cousin, which I enjoyed.
The food was delicious and I'm sure there was no calories in any of it. Isn't that the rule for holiday food (and church pot lucks?). No calories, right?? And as in the case of church pot lucks and family barbecues, there was way too much food. They'll be living off leftovers for a few days, which can be a good thing if the food is good, and the food was good.
The highlight of the evening. Totally unexpected to her, a bit of a surprise for me (hubby was trying to tell me what was going to happen but couldn't go into too much detail as others were around), towards the end of our time together, son was next to his girlfriend who was standing up. He got down on his knee and asked if she would marry him.
She said yes.
Small wedding probably next month on their one year anniversary of meeting.
Tears all around. Again those happy tears.
Of course they have our blessing. We truly do love her.
We drove home today. Again against the grain of traffic. All heading south home, we were heading north home. Got some thunderstorms with lightening, a bit of rain. Cooler temps. Very appreciated.
Got to give a shout out to Panera Bread. We were lazy, didn't want to cook anything. Thought about getting a salad from some place and eat it at home, sharing a bottle of wine. Looked at Panera Bread's menu. You can order online. You can tell them when you want to pick it up. You pay for it online go to the restaurant and it is ready in a little cubicle designed for take out foods. From start to finish of when we placed our order and drove to pick it up was about 10 minutes. They got it right and it was delicious. Too easy. I see ourselves doing this more over the weeks ahead.
Any memorable memories from your 4th of July celebrations?