Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July- A Family Tradition

We love to go out on Puget Sound on the 4th of July.  We usually spend the day on the water and then watch the fireworks from the boat.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  This year my husband has to work so we will not be able to go.  So I decided to post our pictures of a previous year to share with everyone.

At times I take for granted the wonderful backdrops that our State has to offer.  Mt. Rainier is one of them.  There are times while driving I will come upon a view of this majestic volcano and it takes my breath away.  However, it is something to see when it hovers over the Puget Sound, as you can see above in the picture.

My husband and I usually go earlier in the day.  He loves to fish and I will just rest on the boat reading a good book.  I love watching the seals as they come close for a visit too!

We sometimes stop and park the boat at C.I. Shenanigans Restaurant and walk up the back deck to have lunch, right from the water!  After a great lunch we go pick up the kids at one of the local docks.  

We have two granddaughters now, but this picture is of Grace, our eldest.  This was her first ride on the boat and she loved it! My daughter-in-law was pregnant at the time these pictures were taken with our second granddaughter Adia! 

Grace and Alyx

Alyx and Grace
Randy and Grace

Then the sun starts to set and you begin to see all the boats congregating to their special spots on the water.  By this time Grace is getting excited!  She can hear some of the early fireworks being shot around town.  You hear the first boom and then they start!  She thought they were falling right on top of her!

4th of July Fireworks on the Sound
We normally spend the night on the boat and then in the morning drive over to Gig Harbor for breakfast!  Now that ends a perfect weekend.

We had such a great time and can't wait until next year. Wishing all of you a safe and wonderful 4th of July 2011!


  1. That sounds awesome. Staying on a boat watching fireworks!

    Spanish Pinay

  2. I have a sister in San Angelo, TX and he told me that the 4th is a big celebration in your country. You celebrate it like our New Year here with a big bang of fireworks. Happy the 4th!

  3. How awesome is that!! Love the pics!

    Happy 4th July!

  4. yes, indeed. Looks to me it was a perfect weekend


  5. You guys really had a wonderful time. I love how you said that you can't wait for next year. 'That's the spirit.'
    Visiting from vB.

  6. Great pics! Too bad hubby had to work. What new tradition did you start this year? ;-)

    Sadie via VoiceBok

  7. Sounds perfect!! I love the pictures!! I have never been to your beautiful state, but hope to one day! Hope you had a great holiday even if it was a bit different!!!

    Via VoiceBoks!!

  8. Very fun and great pictures!!! I would love to sleep on a boat...what a great tradition for the Fourth!

    Have a great week! Stopping by from voiceBoks!

  9. Great pictures! I would love to watch fireworks from the water. Grace is absolutely adorable, too =). Although I can wait for grandchildren, I am really looking forward to them!

    P.S. Visiting from voiceBoks!

  10. What a relaxing way to celebrate...and what an awesome scenery!

  11. Ah, gorgeous! What a lovely family you have:)
    Cheers from vB,

  12. Sorry you weren't able to go this year. It would be a sight I'd never forget. How fortunate to live near such a beautiful place. I've actually been to Puget Sound and loved it!

    I would like to follow your posts via email, but I couldn't find a link.

  13. I am sorry about your tradition hunny lady, I love the pics though & I'm glad you're home safe. Your online paper ROCKS!!!! And I stole your button & put it on my blog. so there!!!!

    Mucho love

  14. Watching fireworks from a boat sounds like an adventure itself. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Have a good rest of the week,
    Español para Niños (Spanish for Kids)

  15. Stopping by from VB. Great photos on here. Glad I stopped by.

  16. looks like so much fun

    friend from VB


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But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
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