happy birthday america!

this year, for the 4th of july, my whole family was in town. it was an awesome day! filled with fun, great food, parades, fireworks- you name it! i really really enjoyed it. being 8 months pregnant doesn't really make life easier, but despite the swelling due to the heat and the utter exhaustion from making dinner (cafe-rio style), i was filled with joy because we were all together and having such a fantastic time. here are just a few pictures from the day:

@ the parade...



our lovely meal...



this man knows how to grill chicken... even on the most pathetic of grills! :)



a tasty patriotic cake inspired by pinterest! yay! and step-by-step instructions here.