Just because we're in Thailand doesn't mean we don't celebrate our home's birth! This year Katie and I threw a Fourth of July party to end all Fourth of July parties. We began the day going to the pool to get in some sun and swim a little, but when we got back to our house, the real Americans in us came out.

A few friends of ours were getting ready to head home, so Katie went all out and made home made Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets. We'd had a friend bring the sauce from America, so we were good to go on that end. We set up a few tables in our car park, unstacked a lot of chairs and had the works: burgers straight off the grill, hotdogs, watermelon, all the fixin's and all the sides.

More Rollaroasters made it for later, when we tried to roast marshmallows over the dying grill coals. Katelyn set up an archery range for entertainment, and we still have the target hanging with our laundry.

We miss you America, but we're really glad you've been able to reach plenty of the world. Wouldn't be fourth of july without hamburgers and red, white and blue. We may have missed the fireworks, but freedom was ringing here in Chiang Mai.