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BERMAN FAMILY FOURTH OF JULY TRADITIONS
Everyone has that one holiday they go all out for, whether it’s planning the perfect party or packing the car for a weekend trip away from home. For us, that holiday is the Fourth of July! Every year, my wife, Jenni, and I join her family on a trip to a little place on Saint John’s River called Welaka. Her family started taking this trip back when she was young. Since her father works in information technology, his phone rang off the hook whenever they went on vacation, but since Welaka doesn’t have service, it’s the only place everyone can relax. Since then, it’s become a family tradition, and I look forward to it every year! In our other newsletters, you’ve heard about some of the adventures Jenni and I had when we first started dating — this trip years ago was one of those very adventures. The first time she invited me on this family trip, we were in our first year of dating, so it was a big deal. Since it was such a big deal, I tried not to take it too seriously. At the time, I was living in Destin, which is six hours away from Welaka. So, when she was asking me if I wanted to go, I kept complaining about the drive and told her I wasn’t going. In reality, I had already told her sister I was mapping out my directions! The look on Jenni’s face was priceless when she saw me at the river! Now, a week or so before every trip, Jenni starts gathering all the supplies we need, since the nearest grocery store to the cabins is an hour away. Then we get up there to enjoy the simple life! In the mornings, we cook breakfast barbecue, make sandwiches for lunch, "In our other newsletters, you’ve heard about some of the adventures Jenni and I had when we first started dating — this trip years ago was one of those very adventures."
and grill steaks or burgers for dinner. One night every year, we also do a “low country boil” with king crab legs, sausage, corn, and potatoes! For fun, the first thing we do in the morning is water ski because the water is perfectly flat and calm. We spend the rest of the day enjoying each other’s company sitting by the pool. When the rain starts to pour, the board games are a fun way to relax and pass the time. Dinner, though, is usually potluck style. My mother-in-law makes enchiladas that I look forward to every year. You’d think I would bring those chickpea cookies, but you’re wrong! For snacks, my wife makes a homemade trail mix of Chex Mix, peanuts, M&M’s, and pretzels — basically all the stuff I don’t get to eat until she makes it for this particular trip!
I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July full of traditions, fun, and great food!
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