Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy 5th of July! {Independence Day Recap}

I hope everyone had a fun {and safe!} Independence Day! Sadly this was my second year in a row to miss the annual Young family 4th of July reunion. We typically gather with my grandpa's brothers and sisters and their kids, and their kids' kids, etc. at Aunt Barbara's for lunch and swimming. This time last year I had just departed to study abroad in Europe for 3 weeks, and this year I celebrated the birth of our nation {and the birthday of sweet Emily} with new Seattle friends! 

After the church-wide picnic Wednesday night, a group of us gathered for a slumber party. Of course, all of us old ladies {early twenties is ancient, right?} were exhausted and did not make it too far past midnight. The morning of the 4th we awoke and headed to Portage Bay for an incredible breakfast to celebrate the birthday girl. From there we returned to Joy's apartment, partied on the roof {wandered around taking in the view, all wishing for our own rooftop haven}, then headed to Pike Place Market downtown. 

I love this market! Downtown still stresses me out, but once you find parking that's half the battle. We roamed among fresh fruit, fish, and flowers, spotted many a tourist and street performer all decked out in red, white, and blue to celebrate the day. It was not long before we packed up and headed to a friend's house for an afternoon soiree. They had moved the living room furniture onto the front porch {reminds me of my graduation party!} and were gathered around chips, salsa, and many other goodies. Steph provided drinks in bright blue ball mason jars and red & white striped paper straws, perfect for the 4th. 

[Regram from Steph]

I have been so blessed by this community. They've been so quick to welcome and include me, making me feel more at home than I thought I would feel after barely a month in the city. Everyone is so sweet, so intentional, and I even more firmly believe that a group of people united by the singular purpose of loving Jesus can form deep connections and change the world, even if they have nothing else in common {which is rarely the case, you'll find something to bond over sooner or later!}. Thank you, all of you, who made my Independence Day great! 

7 comments:

  1. My family and I just did some sight-seeing in Seattle. Parking can really be an immense problem! We wanted to go see the Pike Place Market (because of my mom's love for polish pottery :) but it was closed by the time we got there.
    I really enjoyed visiting Seattle even though it held true to its word and rained the whole time! :)

    Madison
    madisonemilee.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you made it out to the city and braved the weather! We've been lucky with a few weeks of summer sun so far, though I hear we make up for it with the rain and cold later on in the year. If you're ever back in town give the Market another try! It's glorious :)

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  2. Never too old for slumber parties! But at 24, I agree about not being able to make it past midnight!

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    1. Ha, absolutely right! It was so silly but we were out like a light.

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  3. Oh, I love a good slumber party! And I completely agree.. uniting over a passion for Christ forms deep, powerful bonds :)

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    1. Amen, sister. And I love seeing that happen in the blog-world, too!

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  4. Love those blue mason jars!! So festive.

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