Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Super Independence Day!

We had a wonderful but very busy Independence Day. This is one of those slightly narcissistic posts that only family will probably want to wade through. I understand.

My DH was the speaker on Sunday along with another brother. They spoke re the faith of our Founding Fathers. The closing thought was, "What are you willing to die for?" Something we all need to consider.

After church, one of the families from church, invited everyone over for a picnic at their home. It was great! Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. People brought salads and side dishes. All very yummy.

They had a nice tent set up for shade. It was over 90 degrees and only a slight breeze. It was a good time of fellowship.

Their backyard ends on a small lake and all the children enjoyed getting out in the kayaks and canoes.

The cousins visited and enjoyed some nice time together.

Everybody who brought a suit or who managed to borrow one, went swimming. Elizabeth enjoyed swimming in a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket was required of everyone in the water.

After the picnic we went to Sally's first birthday party. My sister was happy to get away from the truck and jungle themes she used for the boys and instead went with butterflies. Sally even had a butterfly pacifier.

We are losing our resident photographer, as Ted and family will be moving to the Philippines this week. (Thursday)
The house won't be empty long, as the people who are 'house sitting' for them, are moving in on Friday.

Joy and Sally
They had a little kiddie pool set up in the back yard for the children, They enjoyed running in and out all evening.

We enjoyed the cool of the evening and the back yard is well shaded. We had a good time visiting and hearing more about the Eich's plans and progress in their move.

The cousin's
T-Bob and Katie are good buds. They are three months apart.
It's hard to imagine all the events and changes that will happen in our lives as we won't see each other for two years. It seems like a long time right now. We are thankful for e-mail and skype to help keep in touch, as well as blog posts.
Sally did a wonderful job eating her cake. Elizabeth enjoyed feeding her. That is why you have the appearance of a spoon hanging in space.
Mostly Sally fed herself, sometimes with her spoon, but often with her fingers. She had cake from the top of her head to her toes when she was finished.

After the birthday party we went to the fireworks. Some of us were 'sensible' and sat about 200 feet from the firing zone. The rest went right up close. Only about 20 feet from the safety line. It was a wonderful display! Over 30 minutes of non-stop action. It is always with mixed emotions that I watch them. I feel like I have to go, as our tax dollars paid for them, but at the same time I hate to see our money going up in smoke. People come from all over to watch our community's fireworks as they really are great.
Happy Birthday America!
May we work hard to maintain our independence for a long time!
God Bless America!

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