Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sparks of Love on the 4th

I still can't believe that it has already been a week since the 4th of July. This summer is flying by so fast, and my kids are growing up even faster. We had planned to spend the 4th of July with family until Grandma got an infection in her eye. We made a quick change of plans and celebrated right in our community of Aliso Viejo.

Steve took back his grill and I enjoyed time in the kitchen with Ella. We had a relaxing day cooking, laughing and playing games together.

It would not be the Barone house unless things got a little silly too!

We made a traditional 4th of July dinner with my best pasta salad recipe (recipe here), potato salad (recipe here) and good old burgers.

After dinner we went to the Aliso Viejo Community Association celebration. The park was packed with hardly any grass to sit, but we found a cozy little place to enjoy the evening. 

The kids made cards for the troops thanking them for their service to our Country.

And we got silly with some stilt walking jugglers.

My blogging buddy Caryn (rockinmama) joined us for the fireworks with her adorable kiddos.

The kids made balloon animals and got their faces painted.

Then the sun started to set, and all our children started getting tired (aka. cranky) so it was the iPhone to the rescue.

Once the show started, the kids cuddled on our laps, as we enjoyed the spectacular fireworks show. The 4th of July brought sparks into our hearts as the day strengthened our love for each other.


  1. those hamburgers look soooo delish!!! as well as the rest! kind of nice to have a fun family day un-expected! hope your grandma is better

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Aliso always does a great job with the fireworks! The pasta salad recipe looks s delish!!!

  3. We had so much fun!!!!! LOVE the fireworks...that was like the best display eever.....

  4. Looks like an all-American 4th of July, complete with the most adorable children. And the burgers look fabulous!

  5. Those hamburgers look so good!! Happy you got to see fireworks, we didn't :(

  6. Sounds like a great day. We haven't seen fireworks on the 4th in years. We thought about it this year, but it was so overcast over here that we just bbq and my kids watched it on tv. Maybe next year we'll venture our your way. My kids are missing out!

  7. Yum! Potato salad. What a lovely day you guys had. Thanks for sharing. So nice.

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