July 4th may very well be one of my favorite holidays. This rings true for several reasons. For one, it really makes me stop and think about how blessed I am to have the freedoms that I take for granted everyday. Secondly, I love all things associated with the Fourth of July. I love that it is in the middle of the summer. I love the fireworks, the BBQ, and desserts made of strawberries and blueberries. Bruce Springsteen usually makes his way into my 4th of July musical selections, and I use the day as an excuse to drink all of the Coca Cola that I want--because it is red, and I deem it to be an icon of America. I just love the holiday.
This year proved to be just as great as the past years have been.
Ryan and I had a late breakfast at the Empire Cafe on Westheimer. I had Gingerbread Waffles and they were spectacular. After breakfast, we realized that we were surrounded by antique shops and really needed a piece for our living room to display the record player that Ryan got me for Christmas two years ago. We found the perfect thing, purchased it, and returned home to rearrange our living room once again.
After finding the perfect place for the new table, we were off to begin the festivities.
We started the fun by meeting Ryan's parents and grandparents at the theater to watch the 3D version of Up. I'm no Roger Ebert, but I give it two thumbs up. I thought it was great.
After Up, we decided to have a food adventure and went to a Pakistani/Indian restaurant called Himalaya. There were no menus. The chef came to our table and explained their dishes. He asked what kind of meat we wanted, if we wanted spicy or not spicy, rice or no rice, what kind of sauce, and designed a dish for each of us. Let me tell you what, IT WAS WONDERFUL!
After dinner, we went to stake our claim on some prime real-estate for firework viewing. Our sights were set on watching the show coming from the Eleanor Tinsley park.
It was an incredible show.
After fireworks, we met Taylor, Nolan, and Ryan Quidley at the apartment to head to Midtown--which Nolan is a huge fan of. And rightfully so; it proved to be a really fun night. It ended Abilene, Texas style with a trip to Whataburger.
It was truly a great 4th of July!