Our Fourth of July in Southwestern Pennsylvania

This short week has been a whirlwind. My family and I returned to Georgia from visiting my parents in Pennsylvania. We always have a great trip, but this one was particularly special. After pulling an all-nighter and zipping through the West Virginia Mountains, we arrived safely at my parents Thursday morning.

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Wild Wonderful West Virginia 

Thursday evening, we celebrated my sister-in-law’s 30th birthday at my brother’s. The kids swam, ran, played and had a friendly game of corn hole. I love watching Tallen and Trace interact with their Pennsylvania cousins. Despite not seeing them since Thanksgiving, they pick right back up where they left off- the best of friends.

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Cousin Love!

Friday was pretty low-key. We started the morning taking Tallen and Trace to Crooked Creek Lake. It remains pretty much unchanged as I remember it. The T’s had a ball with my Mom on the teeter totter. I’m not sure if she had as much fun.

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Crooked Creek Lake

That evening, I got together with my best friends and their families. We ate pulled pork and sipped on wine from the Wooden Door Winery, as the kids ran around and played in the back yard. There is something about a glass of wine with your girlfriends that is good for your soul!

Saturday was a whirlwind. We rose early and watched the runners in the 5k. I promise next year I will try to get my life together and run! During lunch, we celebrated my Cousin Alice’s 100th birthday, as she sat alongside my Uncle Clarence who is also 100! Amazing! Next we watched two of our friends tie the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony. We finished up the evening at the Ford City Annual Parade.

We love to ride bikes, so Sunday morning we rode along the Allegheny River and admired the boats at the marina. That afternoon we had a pretty large family picnic, ranging from my 100 year old Uncle to my 9 month old nephew. It was great to see the different generations together and of course my sweet 100 year old uncle playing with my baby nephew.

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Allegheny River, Pennsylvania

Monday we celebrated the Fourth of July in typical fashion; although someone didn’t quite like the fireworks. And Wednesday, it was back to work.

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Trace & Tallen, Allegheny River, Pennsylvaina

I’d love to hear what you did over the Fourth of July weekend!

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