Friday, July 5, 2013
Happy 4th of Jully! (I know...I did it on purpose)
It. Was. Awful.
My parents offered to keep my kids, but I opted to bring Eva along. I have no idea what I was thinking. She fusses a lot in the car. I drove all over town looking for a game (that I never found) and bandannas, which thanks to Pinterest, I almost never found. It was dreadful, but I finally gave up, and with a crying baby on my hip, after dinner time, I fell into my parent's doorway, exhausted.
The next morning, still feeling trampled from the night before, we got up, dressed in our best red, white, and blue, and made that long mile long drive to Grandma and Grandpa's house.
We started our festivities with some delicious lunch. We ditched our plans of a big picnic (which ultimately, would've given me better pictures...) in order to not have to carry everything outside. Though I'm lamenting the loss of my photos, I'm happy we gained that time to just chat and laugh.
Isaiah is sweet, with such a sunny disposition.
Izzy is quirky and original. I never know what this one is going to think up.
And Eva...oh Eva. She seems to be a funny middle ground between the older two. I can't wait to see what she's like as she grows!
We didn't go big this year. With a pretty measly fireworks budget, we opted to keep it simple, and I'm so glad we did. The kids really enjoyed what we got, and I didn't feel bad about the cost. Win-win!
We got back to the grandparent's house, bag of goodies in hand, and decided it was the perfect time to swim. We got all ready and headed out to the pool.
Eva had never gotten in, so we thought it would be a fun first. She loved it.
Honestly, I wasn't sure the whole time I held her. She just screamed. Not angry. Not happy. Just screaming. And splashing. And a few giggles.
And yes, he's holding onto a watermelon. That's how we chilled it. It was cold in that water!
It's the best organized chaos.
After swimming came games. Then dinner. Then more games.
Eventually it was dark, but in kid-time, it took forever for that to happen.
Oh the pops and lights and squeals of delight!
After the last fountain was out, we laid out on the grass with pillows and blankets and a cozy fire pit to make some s'mores, and with a makeshift screen attached to the side of the house, the cold July (crazy, right?) night air surrounded us. We fired up the projector we borrowed from our church to watch...what else? Independence Day!
It was a long, long day.
Almost as long as this blog post.
In the end, all the work of driving and decorating and cooking was totally worth it. This was certainly an Independence Day for our record books!