Every year my college friends and I spend July 4th weekend celebrating Kristina’s birthday at her house in Cape Cod. We always hit up the beach, the seafood shop, and the local “Packie”, which is New England-speak for the liquor store, and Kristina’s parents are the best, most perfect hosts. This annual trek up north has seen us go from single to engaged to married to expecting, from playing Beer Pong and Kings all night to watching Wes Anderson movies, from loading up on Miller Light to making ginger-grapefruit cocktails with Bulleit Bourbon, and from a group of friends to straight up family. The memories from these weekends are priceless, and I’m already looking forward to next year. Here are some snapshots from Team Brooklyn’s 2014 trip to The Cape. Happy birthday, Xstina!