4th of July Family Fun in the Sun

If you’re an American reader I hope you had lovely Independence Day!

Isaac and I headed south for the weekend and had a blast hanging with my aunt, uncle and cousins in Swansboro, North Carolina. It rained a little bit on Sunday and Monday, but luckily not for long and there was still plenty of sunshine to be had! We did some boating, sunning, fishing, celebrating and lots of eating. 🙂 As per the usual with my 4th of July recaps, I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and let the photos do the talking.

Tom's at Mother Earth Brewing Company

We stopped in Kinston, North Carolina on the way down for a quick drink at Mother Earth Brewing Co. I’ll let you guess who wanted to stop. 😉 I actually did a little work (and got this patriotic berry salad recipe posted) while Isaac tried a couple beers and did a brewery tour. Hooray for craft beer and free wifi.

The Boiler Room burger

Per a friend’s recommendation we went across the street to Boiler Room Oyster Bar for lunch.

Bloody Mary

Isaac had a bloody mary, the mushroom burger and poutine fries. I had the blueberry, corn and chicken salad. We both loved the food and would highly recommend stopping in Kinston for a beer and lunch if you’re ever in the area. I want to go back just to have this salad again and then dinner at Chef & the Farmer.

boiler room salad on the beach

Saturday night we hung around the house catching up with my family and then everyone woke up early for a day of boating and hanging out on a sandbar.

Isaac fishing boating

The guys caught fish while the ladies caught some rays.


And we had so much fun hanging out with my cousin’s kiddos.

Here they are with grandma and grandpa.

4th of July

How sweet are they?


I didn’t take many food photos throughout the weekend, but don’t worry there was plenty of delicious food to go around.

French Toast 4th of July

We had shrimp and grits, low country broil, scallop nachos, hamburgers/hotdogs, Mexican shrimp cocktail, homemade apple pie, my summer berry salad AND avocado ice cream. <— I had to prove to my fam that it’s tasty. 🙂

4th of July on the dock

The whole gang minus my aunt who snapped the photo. <3 Spending time with family is the best!

How was your weekend? I’d love to hear all about in the comment section. 

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  1. We had a wonderful weekend! I tried to keep my words to a minimum in my recap too, but I don’t know that I succeeded. 😉 My fiance and I went to GA for the weekend so that he could complete another road race. He received his license at this same track back in Feb. It was a scorcher, but we both had a blast and made sure to eat awesome food while camping at the track. Your trip looks wonderful, and everyone looks great!

  2. Looks amazing! Love that you were able to get work done while Isaac checked out the brewery 🙂 PERFECT! My family came into town and my mom leaves today and my sister and her boyfriend leave Friday. We have been showing them ALL around Denver 🙂

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