July 4th


As I sit here on my couch writing this blog, you all must know that I’m hurting so bad from a sun burn on my legs and I’m very sore from “tubing” all day yesterday. Aside from all this pain, I had a wonderful Independence Day.

I started celebrating with my family on Saturday at the river. We had BBQ and hamburgers with my PawPaws famous coleslaw with the classic Lays potato chips. Everything was so good! After we ate, we went out on our pontoon boat and this is where it got interesting for me. I faced a fear that day… I have a thing about doing a lot of daredevil stuff on water. I think it has a lot to do with the depth of the water and with me being short and all, it makes me scared.  With that being said, I went tubing! Not only did I face the fear of tubing, but I faced the fear of riding with my older brother Joey! Believe it or not, I really enjoyed it, however; I don’t think I’ll ride with Joey again though. Haha!


Sunday, we had a get together at my Aunt Roses house for dinner. We had BBQ with my Uncle Alberts famous Mac and Cheese, potato salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, and salad. After dinner, we played cards (a Manzella tradition). After playing a couple of rounds of cards, we had our own firework show (Thank you Stephen for the awesome firework show!)


Monday, the day of July 4th, my step brother Jason came to the river with his wife and kids. We all ate hamburgers for lunch and then we immediately went out on the boat and started tubing. I’ve become fearless of the tube now! 😉 This time around, I rode with my little niece Katie. We had the best time until Katie and I almost flipped over on the tube. About then, I was seriously done with the tube! But I kept riding and everything was fine. Katie and I started singing all these different songs… Starting with our favorite Disney songs and then moving on to our favorite TV show songs and then to some random songs. We had a wonderful time! By the end of all the tubing and singing we did, I climbed into the boat with what little bit of muscle I had left and I then discovered that my legs were cherry red. I knew right then and there that the next few days were going to suck… My hypothesis was right.


After being beat up and burnt half to death, I had one of the best Independance Days ever! If I could, I’d do it all over again… But with sunscreen.

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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