Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrating America

On the 4th of July, we headed to Stef's MIL's for a picnic. The kids had fun playing with their friends while the Moms chatted and the Dads played corn hole! This is the second year that we went and so glad we did. Always good to laugh.  (and of course I forgot my camera so sorry for the duplicate phone pics that you have already seen)

After a yummy dinner, we headed to the end of the street for the parade.

The kids had fun watching everything from the bikes to the floats! Charlie was cracking us up because every time she would get a new piece of candy thrown her way, she would give me whatever she was eating and open that piece! Dom saw a few of his friends marching, as well as Stef's oldest Dylan was in the parade with his baseball team. When one of Dom's friends marched by, Dom yelled out "Hey dude, whatcha doin?" (as 11 year olds do) The response from the boy "Your MOM!" And well, um, ah...yeah. I guess the smart ass remarks start earlier now a days!

After the parade, we headed back to the picnic for dessert and more fun. Before we knew it, it was 9 pm and time to head over to Gary's Dads to watch the Fireworks. This year everything was in honor to Stef's late father in law, who was the mayor of our town.

The kids were exhausted and someone did not even make it through the first few minutes of the fireworks.

Not sure how someone can fall asleep with all those big booms! The fireworks display was fabulous!

We had our picnic to celebrate on Sunday the 7th. It was great to have our family and friends come and enjoy the day.  The kids ran around like nuts. The dog ran back and forth barking to play with them as they ran. The adults had great conversations. Gary and I were constantly moving, visiting, cooking, cleaning and helping everyone. (so of course I took ZERO pictures because I only had about 10.2 seconds of time to sit and eat, let alone any time to take pics) The night ended with our sweet toddler girls dancing around on the flag pole in our back yard. Stef got some pics of this and I cannot wait to see them! I will have to post it as a wordless Wednesday post for you all to see!

After everyone left and our kids were in bed, it was 10 pm. Gary and I sat on our back porch, put our aching feet up and drank a beer. In the quiet. In the darkness only light by a candle. It was glorious!

We had a great couple of days celebrating America! I hope you did too.


  1. LOL! My babies struggled to make it through our fireworks too! Tyler said they were no fun because they were too late at night! What a wonderful day!

  2. Happy Birthday America!!
    What a great time you guys all had!! And I never knew Stefanie's FIL was Mayor, that is pretty cool!
    Oh my gosh could Charlie be any cuter? And looking so grown up so she needs to stop that!! lol
    Such great fun and memories for you all xoxo

  3. We had a horrible time with fireworks this year!!! Sounds like you guys had a great day!!!

  4. Cute pictures! I'm so glad we could celebrate with you both days!