Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our 4th of July Celebration

All week, we suffered through 95 degree, super humid days, but God gave us a beautiful weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation.  It started with a sleepover at my parents house.

Est and I stayed over at the rents' house to help out with the kids.  Mom had gotten both of the kids a new lego set (Han got duplos).  Cam had a blast putting them together.

This is his new thing - turning away from the camera.  I don't love it.

The long island is the best thing my parents did when they put in the new kitchen.  We are always at the island.  The adults can make dinner while the kids play.  I usually am on the kid side of things :)

Coloring can be pretty exciting.

Hannah washed this ear of corn about 100 times.  Whoever ate that piece had a very clean piece of corn.  She also gnawed on it a little bit, so maybe it wasn't that clean.

Right after we sat down to eat, the electricity went out.  We lit the candles and got out a few flashlights and continued eating.  Losing electricity is pretty common in that house.

Thankfully, it came back on a few hours later.  It gave us enough time in the evening to prep food for the party the next day and make a batch of brownies.

We held our little gathering at my house this year.  The fireworks are a 1 minute walk from my front door.  It's perfect.  Dinner, dessert and then fireworks = the perfect evening.

I took this photo right after I told Hannah she couldn't get up there with Cam - she was not happy with me.

She got over it pretty quickly.

We were very excited to have our favorite neighbors join us for some dessert.  I love that things always get a little crazy when we are all together.  It always feels like home.

Esther bought a few small fireworks and sparklers for the kids.  It's amazing how much fun those things are!  We had a blast.

Hannah was a bit concerned when it all started.  But she warmed up to it eventually - just as long as it didn't get too close to her.

Tommy and Est declared themselve to be the most patriotic.  We'll just let them have this one.

This might be my new favorite photo.  I love everything about it.

Another new fave.  I love these people.  Plus, Annie looks like she could be my sister!

In case you are wondering what the heck is going on with my porch - it got hit by a car and is currently being held up by those 2x6s.  Thankfully, work starts on Monday and by the end of July I'll have a brand new porch.

Cam spent a few minutes catching fireflys.  Might be the cutest thing I've ever seen.  He's good at it, too.

This was about the time we realized we should be heading to the fireworks.  It was utter chaos getting us all out the door and i loved it.  I love spending sweet time with family.

Cam went to his very first fireworks show this year.  We were all a little worried that he wouldn't like the noise, but he was fascinated by all of it.  Est and Dad got really close seats, so Cam had the best view.  Halfway through the show he wanted it to be over (he was probably really tired) so I took him to Mom and he sat on his grandma's lap for the rest of the show.  He LOVED the finale.  I can't wait to take him again next year!

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