I love the 4th of July. It's one of my favorite holidays - I love the time spent with family & friends, eating great food, playing in the sun, and celebrating America. It reminds me (again) how lucky we are to live in this great country!!
Cory and I spent the night of the 3rd having a pre-celebration. We went to my favorite sports bar (they have the best chicken wings ever!), sat on the grass of a huge park at listened to the Syracuse Symphony perform live, and watched a spectacular fireworks show right over Owasco Lake. We spent the 4th relaxing and playing with friends. We had an afternoon BBQ with our friends Jonathan & Jaime, and their adorable new daughter Brooke. We played badminton, ate waaaay too much food and generally enjoyed our day off from work/school.
This is Cory perfecting his badminton serve. I caught him at the perfect moment!
On Saturday, we went to a place called Sonnenberg Gardens. It's a 1887 Queen Anne-style mansion, complete with 50 acres of gorgeous grounds. It was owned by a rich guy named Thompson and his wife Anne. We went on a waking tour of the estate and got to hear all about the grounds and the family who lived there. It's now owned by the state of New York, but it was fun to imagine what it must have looked like 100 years ago! It was very pretty, so of course we took a bunch of pictures. I'll just post a few of my favorites.