There are so many pictures from our fantastic, festive, fun Fourth of July weekend. How do I narrow it down?! Hmm, I'll just post all of them. hehe.
I love celebrating the birth of our country, and reflecting on how grateful I am for the freedoms I enjoy. I love the principals and ideals our country was founded on when it gained it's independence. I love singing the National Anthem. I love all the traditions that accompany this holiday - BBQs, fireworks, parades, family time, red white and blue decor, American Legion breakfasts, memorial services, etc. Although I am not the most patriotic person out there, during this holiday I love to reflect on my family members who are - especially those who were and are willing to risk their lives and give their all serving our country and defending our freedoms.
Oh, I love my country.
God bless the United States of America!
Now, on to those before mentioned pictures. The day started with my dad taking the kids to the pancake breakfast at 8am, and was jam-packed full of fun until they fell asleep during the fireworks at 11pm.
I'll try to keep the rest of this short and sweet . . . enjoy the pictures!
First, Lunch and lounging at Chuck and Melissa's, aka Gramma and Grampa's.
Ethan, Chuck, Anna, Ben and I went to watch the parade. (We left Caleb with Melissa and Ashley.) It was a big hit with the kiddies, especially since there was tons of candy, and it wasn't nearly as hot as last year. And I of course had to include the traditional picture of my dad taking a picture of us during the parade. (He always participates in the parade with the Boy Scouts and the kids love seeing him.)
The kids loved helping me with this. They were so cute. They were very proud of the finished product. And the cake was so tasty! Hmm, whipped cream topping is my fave!
A few random shots I just had to include: