Fourth of July 2012

The Fourth of July starts out with everyone dressed in his or her red, white, and blue packing Main Street to participate in all of the morning’s festivities.

There is face painting, a dunk tank, pie-eating contests and my favorite, the watermelon-eating contest (one of these years I’ll get a first place ribbon!)….

Fourth of July 6

Fourth of July 1

Fourth of July 2

Fourth of July 3

After a couple hours of fun, our town’s fire truck makes it’s way to the top of Main Street.

Fourth of July 5

And our town’s old fire truck (representing the towns people) makes it’s way to the bottom of Main Street.

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Then, there is a huge water fight between the firefighters and the towns people!!

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And, of course, it would not be a Nantucket Fourth of July without a couple lobsters and a barbeque later in the evening.

There is just something about a small town Fourth of July that makes me more patriotic than I would otherwise be. Happy Independence Day!

My Family

Family has always been the most important aspect of my life. So, I’d like to introduce you to the most important people in my life and tell the story of how we came to be.

My parents met back in 1979 at Bank of America in downtown San Jose, California. My mom was a receptionist. My dad was temporarily filling in as a training officer. When they first met, my dad always tells the story as “it was love at first sight”. And that’s when the flirting began.

My dad was only supposed to be there for a month. However, a month turned into five months. Unbeknownst to my mom, who was wondering why my dad wouldn’t just ask her out already, my dad was not comfortable asking my mom out while they both worked at the same office. So, on the very day that he found out his job there was complete and he would be leaving to go to his new job, he asked my mom out on a date. And the rest is history.

Thirteen months later, on June 21, 1980 my parents got married. 

Three and a half years later, they had my oldest sister, Emily.

Emily - 2 Years Old

Three and a half years after that, they had my other sister, Allison.


For seven years, it was just the four of them. My sisters jokingly still refer to my parents and themselves as the “original Ott family”.

But then, SURPISE! I came along. And it has just been the five of us for the past 17 years.

Caroline's Born

However, just recently, we added a boy to our family of many girls. My sister, Emily, got married last October! Now, my sister, Allie, and I are lucky enough to have the brother we had always wished we had, and my parents have the son they never had.

Ott/Hollister Wedding

So, we are a happy family of six! (Well, that is until Allie or I get married or Emily and Steve have children.)

I love each of them with every ounce of my heart.