July 04, 2015


I'm going to keep this pretty short, because I'm spending the weekend with Jerry and the kids. Hopefully everyone had a nice July 4th today!

Last night, Jerry and I ended up taking the kids to see the fireworks. The State Park does them, and the park gets really crowded with people arriving all day long to claim a spot on the beach for the fireworks display. I didn't want to have to get there super early, so we decided not to go to the park. Instead, our friends Joe and Amber said we could park at their house and walk to their neighborhood park, where you can see the display from there.

First, we made pita pizzas for "Pizza Friday". We don't always do Pizza Friday, but the kids asked to yesterday. After my run, I was craving salt like crazy, so I added some salty (and delicious!) toppings to my pita pizza:

Feta cheese, green peppers, black olives, and hot banana peppers--pretty much my perfect pizza. I love those square pitas. The whole pita is 150 calories (4 PP), so with the sauce, cheese, and toppings, my whole pizza was only 9 PP.

We left to see the fireworks at around 8:30, and there weren't a ton of people there yet. We set up our blankets and chairs right next to the lake.

I was curious to see how Joey was going to react to fireworks. I've heard stories of dogs really panicking from the noise, so I didn't want to leave him home alone; but having him there could have been disastrous, too. Thankfully, he didn't care at all about the noise. He was really excited and curious, more than anything. And he was most interested in the birds (Swallows) flying over the water eating bugs.

It felt like forever before the fireworks started. We thought they were going to start at 9:45, but it ended up being closer to 10:15. It was really fun to chat with the kids, though, while we were waiting. At home, they have so many distractions; it's nice to talk to them when they are fully paying attention.

It was surprisingly cold, so I was glad I changed into a sweatshirt before we left. The park filled up quickly, and there were dozens of people there. The fireworks ended up being farther away than I'd thought they would be, so it was a little disappointing. Next year we'll have to try to go out on my dad's boat to see them. Usually, that's what we do, but he was really busy yesterday and wasn't able to go. Regardless, we had fun.

Noah asked me if we could go on a picnic tomorrow, and we haven't done that in a long time, so I thought it was a fun idea. I'm not sure what I'm going to pack for our food, but I think we'll go to a park that Jerry and I used to go to when we were dating (for any of you locals, I'm talking about Elizabeth Park).

Anyway, I hope you're all having a fantastic holiday weekend! Don't forget to send me your Motivational Monday submissions tomorrow. I probably won't be writing a post tomorrow, so I just wanted to write a reminder today.


  1. AnonymousJuly 05, 2015

    A picture of Jerry without the "Jerry face"!

  2. What type of pitas do you use and how long do you cook them?

    1. The brand is called Paramount, and I find them over by the bakery with fresh breads. I'm not sure if it's a national brand or just local. I just bake them until they look ready--probably 10-15 minutes at 450 degrees.


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