b*daily :: fireworks, bonfire, and night swimming

I come from a family of pyromaniacs, so it’s no surprise that our 4th of July celebration went off with quite a bang. Thankfully, one of my cousins is a fire chief, and another is a volunteer firefighter. With their help, we were able to easily manage the small fire that was ignited on the edge of the forest. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, we lit off a whole host of explosives. The neighbors miraculously didn’t complain, and all of the Passananti’s seemed to get their fill of playing with fire.

On Sunday night, after the last of the fireworks that day, a few cousins gathered at the lake for a bonfire. It was a beautiful night, with stars glimmering overhead and a warm breeze making ripples on the water. In a moment of spontaneity, I threw on my swimsuit, grabbed a couple cousins and headed for the dock. Night swimming has long been a favorite activity of mine. Growing up on the lake, it was something I did with regularity as a child. On this particular night, with fireworks and stars above, we swam to the raft, did cannonballs and felt the rush of being alive and awake. After our swim, we gathered around the fire to dry off and warm up, plopping ourselves in the sand and roasting marshmallows over the open flames. A neighbor came by with giant sparklers, which we lit in the fire. An hour later, I drifted off to sleep, still feeling the coolness of the lake and the heat of the fire near my skin. Such an amazing night!

On Monday morning, I woke at 4:30 a.m., got ready, packed and jumped in the car to head home for a day with my husband and a few friends. It was a low-key, entirely perfect 4th of July. We sat around the patio, went swimming, grilled, napped, and then headed to a small town on the lake near our home for dinner on the dock and fireworks. A perfect end to what was a wonderFULL summer weekend!

This week I’ve been busy with a new design project, and I can’t wait to share it with you in a month or so. In the meantime, it’s time to announce our WINNER for the last giveaway. Congrats to Kim, who was commenter No. 19!! You are the lucky winner of the lanterns and kitchen shears. Email me at bethany(at)bspokestudio.com to claim your prize!

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