Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 4 Recap

This summer, I'm playing with two cameras.  Do you know what happens when you use two cameras?  You create a post for a blog, using pictures and you post it.  Then, days later, you choose to use the other camera and find pictures that would have been perfect for the previous post.  So, then you have to download, edit and put those pictures into a post.  Sigh.  So.  Much.  Work.

Here are some pictures I left out from our Pre-4th of July party with Lorelli.
Cousins acting goofy at dinner.
9 out of 10 times this is how Alexander looks in photos.
Sometimes we hit the jackpot, though.

This year, to celebrate "Amewica's birfday" we joined friends at their annual picnic.  We have been invited for the past eight years but with my utter hatred of the 4th, we just never went because I never wanted to leave the house.
From all accounts, it was apparent that the little man would love the picnic so, the outstanding mom that I am, I packed us up and we headed out.  Daddy stayed behind to protect the house...or so he said.

 Alexander couldn't get enough of playing with these two!
When it came time to play games, there was no question as to who would be his partner.
The kids played egg toss, ran a three legged race and then partnered up for a wheelbarrow race.
Addie keep telling Alexander, "Alexander, it's just like Little Gym!  Don't you remember Little Gym?
To which Alexander responded, "I remember Little Gym, Addie.  But my arms don't remember!"

After a shaky start, Alexander arms remembered what to do and he flew across the field.
They didn't win but they loved it.

I have to admit, the picnic was fun and I can see us going again next year.

In keeping with tradition, we invited Big Papa and Umma over for a bonfire and firework show. We don't actually put on a show but we watch three local neighborhoods light up the sky.  This year, the neighbors right behind us lit it up so the fireworks were even closer.

As we waited for the skies to darken,
we lit a sparkler or two.
We facetimed the Browns in Illinois.  They had very sad faces because their mean mayor cancelled fireworks the night before.  The night before?  Who does that?  Mean Mayor.
We roasted marshmellows.  Well, we wanted to but it turns out Alexander likes them uncooked so we didn't bother roasting any.
Alexander practiced his reading skills.
And then we settled in and waited for the sun to go down.
Eric couldn't help himself and had to light off a few fireworks.
Alexander loved it. 
The show begins!
The neighbors certainly didn't disappoint us. Eventually, we moved inside to watch the last of the show.

I love that tired little face!

Hope you had a fun and safe 4th!

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