Yesterday, on the fourth of July, my family and I went to Bar Beach to have a low-key barbecue with our relatives.
Trying to figure out how to work these bangs. I guess they don’t look extremely bad. Just very bad.
Incomplete without rice.
After Kyle played basketball for a bit, he and I went to the shore to meet up with our younger cousins — Ellamari and twins Arielle Faye and CJ — and to soak our feet. I really wish I brought a bathing suit because the weather was perfect and the water felt so cool.
Ella, CJ, & Arielle.
Kyle and I decided to take artsy fartsy photos with our backs to the camera, or looking off into the distance.
My favorite photo. At around 3 o’clock, we headed back to the picnic area and ate Italian ices.
Around this time, I borrowed my dad’s Canon DSLR to take pictures of the kids. I feel like that’s the best way to break the ice, especially for the twins. Prepare to explode from cuteness.
The girls showing off their ballerina moves.
CJ is typically the more shy one when it comes to the twins. When he’s excited, though, he’s really outgoing.
Werd. At this point, I wanted that Kyle take a few pictures of me so I would be able to finally change my Facebook profile picture.
I then went back to the kids, now joined by Will.
We went back home and after an hour of resting, we went to Astoria Park to watch the fireworks across the river. We brought Maddie with us and she was extremely excited because there were so many people and dogs around.
We sat right by the edge and watched the sun slowly set on the riverside.
Again, Kyle and I took pictures of each other. Scratch that — I took amazing, scenic photos of Kyle.
DOESN’T SHE LOOK LIKE SHE’S SMILING?! I can’t get over this photo.
The entire time, I thought the building across from us was Roosevelt Island. But… it wasn’t. We were north of Roosevelt Island and were instead looking across from Randalls Island. Hah! Nevertheless, it was a beautiful view of the RFK and Hellgate Bridges.
At around 9:30, the fireworks show began. It turned out that we were a bit too north to really get the full effect of the show. We could still see the fireworks, though. After realizing that there were more hindrances of viewing the fireworks than the fireworks themselves, we left the park for home.
It was admittedly disappointing, but the one thing about which I am the happiest is the fact that we were able to bring Maddie with us. Hopefully, if we ever go to see the fireworks show some time soon, we get a better view.