i've always liked the 4th but over the last few years this holiday has steadily become more & more favorable to me. why? because every year we find ourselves surrounded by amazing friends & family. and nothing beats good wholesome fun with the ones you love. the last few years we have enjoyed the holiday by watching our city's parade with neighbors & friends before heading to san ramon for grilling, swimming, soccer, & fireworks with some of our most cherished friends. this year i feel especially blessed to have these people in our lives. and as always, i am grateful for the independence i enjoy & the amazing people who work hard to preserve it.