Last year we didn't do anything to celebrate Independence Day. Chad always has to work long shifts to cover the holiday crowd at the lake. But this year my friend Amy decided to have a small party at her house. We planned the menu: ribs, hot dogs, and home-grown squash kabobs grilled on their new barbecue, Amy's delicious baked beans, and Fran's potato salad. For dessert we had gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza. The kids had fun throwing the little Pop-its (the only thing legal around here; we can't even have sparklers) and swimming and running in the backyard. Then we went to the local fireworks show that the mine puts on. It was a fun evening of friends and really good food.