4th of July Adventure

I know I haven't even finished posting all of our stories from Europe, but I wanted to share what we did for 4th of July this year before we got too much farther away from the actual day. Also, since my photos are all refusing to load from Europe I figured this would give me a few more days to figure out what was going on :)

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For the last 6 years, Zach and I have gone up to Lake Arrowhead to celebrate the 4th of July with his family. This year we decided to switch it up and joined my family for a family vacation to Lake Tahoe. Since we were driving, we were a little concerned about traffic so we took off Tuesday afternoon as soon as I got off work and drove to Mammoth for the night. We had so much fun looking at the beautiful and everchanging scenery on the drive and loved having one night in Mammoth to break up the drive. We weren't there very long, but we managed to get some shopping in, some eating, and got breakfast at The Stove before finishing our drive to Tahoe.

Be NICE! Don’t Try to flip them in! No one will like that!
— Mom

In Tahoe, my parents had rented a gorgeous home on the north side of the lake. It was walking distance from just about everything we could want and had plenty of room for all of us. Now that our family is spread out with one kid in college and one working in another state we don't all get to get together that often so it was really fun to have everyone together for the long weekend. We did lots of eating and lots of movie watching. My family also got to learn how terrible of a poker player I am which they all found highly entertaining.

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The highlight of the trip was the day when we rented a speed boat. We spent many hours driving around the lake and still did not make it all the way around. Lake Tahoe is ginormous! Some people decided they wanted to jump in the ice-cold lake and go tubing (I was not one of them) and we all enjoyed watching the driver try to throw them off the tube while Mom shouted "Be NICE! Don't try to flip them in! No one will like that!" (In case you couldn't figure it out, Mom also did not go tubing because she did not want to be thrown in).

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Other than the day on the lake, we watched fireworks on 4th of July shoot out from between the pine trees, rented jet skis, and took a drive to explore another part of the lake. We also spent a highly entertaining 35 minutes on the last day trying to take a Christmas card photo since we were all together. If you are on my mother's Christmas Card list stay tuned for some of the most amusing photos. Michael, Thomas, Zach and I have all voted and are hoping she chooses one of the more "personality-filled" photos to send out this year :)

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I was a little worried about missing out on our tradition to join Zach's family for the 4th of July this year but we had so much fun neither of us really seemed to mind. Do you have any standing holiday traditions that you have recently broken away from? Since we have only been married 1 year, our trip for 4th of July was really the only long-standing tradition we have!