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As far as I’m concerned, the whole point of a holiday is to eat good food. If you have a day off, it should probably be spent cooking and eating with people you love. Well, that’s just what we did on the 4th of July.


Emily and I made sausage rolls and lofthouse cookie bars while Geoff was at work. She made the cookie bars almost entirely by herself with just a few tips from the head chef. They turned out pretty amazing. We all got a pretty serious sugar rush.

After Geoff had a short post-work nap and a shower, we packed up our picnic and walked into Waikiki. It was packed! There were tents everywhere. People had brought half their house with them. It seems excessive to me, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves, so more power to them. I just can’t be bothered to go to that much trouble.


We ate our three course meal on a tablecloth under a tree at Queen’s Beach, and it was lovely. But in my opinion, that’s not nearly close enough to the action for fireworks. I like to be able to feel the fireworks when they go off. So we packed up our gear and headed toward Fort DeRussy Beach. We snagged a prime spot in the soft sand where we could watch the waves gently rolling in as we awaited the swarming crowd and the subsequent explosions.


The older they get, the harder it is to make your kids laugh, especially when they’re already sulky. I think we had a few good moments, and a pretty nice seat for the fireworks. All in all, it was a lovely day.


About Renee

Life should be awesome, even if your paycheck isn't. I'm trying to live awesomely on $20 a day.

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