Happy 4th!

My brain is too tired to write in complete sentences.  So instead, I present my bullet point list of things that were nice about today:
*making pancakes loaded with fresh, plump blueberries for breakfast with the kids
*went to spend the day with Allen's aunt Karolyn and uncle Kevin and their family/friends instead of being by ourselves
*unexpectedly ran into some old friends from Imago whom we haven't seen in a few years at Cowboy Coffee in Molalla when we thought they had moved out of state, and seeing that they've added another precious boy to their clan since we last saw them
*the weather--not too hot, sunny, breezy, perfect
*watching the small town parade and knowing some of the people in it (I saw you, Ms. Hosek, rocking that flute!)
*watching Ruby navigate a playground with joy and surprising grace
*a grilled hot dog in a soft, doughy bun; fresh blueberries and strawberries; raspberry ambrosia (Karolyn's signature potluck dish)
*the kids having a blast in the sprinkler in Karolyn's backyard
*catching up with Alishia and Andy
*having the kids fall asleep on the way home...and stay asleep for another hour after being carried out of the car and deposited in their room
*getting a lot more unpacking/organizing done during that time
*Allen hanging up some of our pictures and artwork and making the house look more like our home
*not getting sunburned too badly and having aloe vera gel for the places I did get burned
*living in a country where I don't have to worry about the army putting our president on house arrest, or having tanks and missiles pointing at my neighborhood because of my ethnicity or religion, or constant civil war


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