Friday, July 19, 2013

Hometown 4th of July!

I hadn't been home for the 4th of July since college.  With 2 days off work it was the perfect excuse to jet back west for the 4 day weekend.  It has always been one of my favorite holidays, summer is at it's peak but there's still so much more to come, any excuse to be by the pool, parades, fireworks, just perfect.  This year was no exception.  I spent 5 blissful days at home, enjoying my favorite parts of Napa Valley living:  leisurely walks into town for breakfast and coffee, farmers markets, neighborhood pig roast and fireworks, pool time, outdoor grilling, wine tasting, as well as some new experiences including a cruise around Lake Barryessa on my brother's "pleasure cruiser" and Sunday night bocce in St. Helena, THE social institution of the summer.  I had so much fun I just booked another trip for Labor Day....getting closer to living my dream of a bi-coastal lifestyle! 

The fog rolls in as we escape the city for home!

Particelli Family pig roast


What a hog!

Brother/Sister love

St. Helena Fireworks

Although I haven't been to this party in over 10 years, it hasn't changed.  Everyone brings an array of fireworks to the party and for 45 minutes two guys with blowtorches keep the party entertained with non-stop fireworks! 


Morning ride to the farmer's market

We just couldn't resist.....maple bar with bacon at the farmer's market!

Doing what we do best....wine tasting for Nicole's birthday!

Our captain for the day

Sun setting over Lake Barryessa

Farmer's market bounty and two homemade dips for a backyard party

Backyard living

Best friends for 15 years!

Very competitive

The meal is really the reason I came.....

Poolside - my happy place



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