Monday, July 6, 2009

Great 4th of July Weekend

We had the BEST weekend. I look forward to my family reunion every year, but the past few years since we started having kids haven't been quite as enjoyable for me. We go over for a few hours and I'm chasing kids and trying to keep them away from the river and having a hard time visiting with anyone. This year was great! With us camping, we had a "homebase" that we could get in out of the heat with the kids, the kids knew their boundaries better since we were there longer, and it was so much fun camping with family. And we had more time to visit with everyone since we were there the whole weekend. Lance and I didn't know what to expect for the weekend because we didn't know if the kids would get bored or something, but we all really had a lot of fun. The kids didn't want to leave.
Hope loved her some orange soda!

Luke being silly

Hope loves Grandpa!

Luke going down the zipline at my cousin's house

lighting some fireworks

too cute!

mmmmm, cookies!

Daddy and his girl!

long weekend!

There are some memories that I want to write down so I'll remember them.

  • Luke learning how to work a clicker and lighting fireworks. (thanks Uncle Keith!)
  • Sara and Hope riding in my lap down the zipline
  • Sara floating on her back in the river and going down the water slide
  • Luke wanting to play volleyball soooo bad
  • Hope falling asleep in my lap during the fireworks
  • Emma smiling at everyone
  • Luke sneaking up behind me and smearing icing all on my neck
  • Sara clinging to me when we first got there because she didn't know anyone
  • Hope sitting in Granddad and Granny Edna's laps
  • the kids riding in the bed of the truck for the first time

It was so much fun that we are going to camp again next year and so are Jeremy and Leah and hopefully Mom and Dad. I am so blessed with such a great family. And the fact that every year, before lunch starts, we pledge allegiance to the Flag and sing the star spangled banner and then pray. I do pray that God continues to bless our land. But it does remind me that He says "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, I will heal their land."

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