You have to be getting excited for this 3-day weekend (for some, 4 or 5-day)! I know we're excited to take some time off from 220 and celebrate this wonderful country's independence with friends, family, and of course some amazing food.

One thing that really struck us this year is that Joseph and I are not spending the holiday weekend with our mom, dad, and brother, or even with each other, which used to just be a given. Even at 26 and 24, it's amazing for us to think that we're already to that point in our lives when holidays aren't always spent together, whether it's because of geographic restrictions or other commitments. I know we're lucky to have had those experiences growing up.

We were reminiscing today on the days when July 4th meant going to Nannie and Poppa's house with the cousins, aunts and uncles for some pool time, burgers as big as your head, chocolate frosty milkshakes, and some very quality family time.

You only get so many July 4th's in your lifetime, so make sure to appreciate the opportunity you have this weekend to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones. Start a new tradition. Try a new recipe. Do something as small as a dance or karaoke contest, a board game, or even telling someone you appreciate them. Make this 4th of July count.

Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday weekend!

A special shout out to the men and women that devote their lives to ensure we have something to celebrate this weekend.

What did you think of this post? How are you going to make this holiday count? Let us know in the comments!

Want to read another post about the holidays? Check out our post on our favorite Thanksgiving tradition.