Monday, July 7, 2008

Snapshots of our 4th of July

We had a beautiful 4th of July weekend. My parents came down from Orlando (not Pennsylvania as was announced in church Sunday morning!) and made the weekend lots of fun! We spent several hours on the afternoon of the 4th at an event hosted by our church. Unfortunately, I have NO photos of our time there because I was either juggling my umbrella and one of my kids drinks or was under the smoky tent serving food. My mom has pictures, so when she emails them to me, maybe I'll post them then. The event was great fun even though it rained nearly the whole time. There were half a dozen bounce houses, pony rides, petting zoo, and tons of free food! I don't even want to know how much popcorn, or how many slushies, snow cones and cotton candy my kids ate! The community was invited and we had a great turn out in spite of the rain! The older kids enjoyed the ditch full of water and they were all taking turns on Elijah's skim board. (They were soaked head to toe, but were very happy, so I didn't care. I just hope there weren't any disgusting germs or worms or anything in the water. But, it's Monday morning and everyone seems healthy enough.) Around 6pm, we headed home to get showers and head to Stuart for fireworks. I was concerned that it would be too much all packed into one day for Nate and James, but they were SO well behaved! The day couldn't have been more perfect! The fireworks display was good. We have spent the last several years at my sister's house for the 4th, and out in the country, the fireworks displays are either non-existent or very small. It was a nice change for the kids, even though we would have had more fun if Adela and her family had been with us! :-) On Saturday afternoon we took the kids to a private beach where I work and got some family photos. It was a beautiful day, and I don't think it rained at all! Come to think of it, I don't think it rained yesterday, either! I love it when we can celebrate a holiday without some major meltdown with the kids, or something going awry. That's what this weekend was: perfect in every way!


















11 comments:

Permission to Mother should be studying said...

I love your creative family portraits!

Adela Campbell said...

SO happy that mom and dad were able to be there with you all to enjoy the 4th. The pictures are beautiful as always and I will be waiting for an 8x10 of the family picture. =)
I can't wait to come back over there. Those pictures of Zack are the best. I love my Zack!
Allana thank you for being there for me this morning. Having your support and prayers is a great comfort. I love you.
(love the new background.)

Mary Ellen said...

What great pictures you got!!!

David & April said...

I really like your pictures! How neat! Hope you had a nice 4th! Looks like ya did!

Sarah said...

These are beautiful pictures. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!!!

A Moment in the Life of a Mother said...

Love the pictures. It's always nice when they turn out good.

JenLo said...

I think I saw you guys across the tabernacle Sunday morning! We were announced as Jen & Jennifer Olsen!!! Cute pics (hey, what's with your black shirt? You didn't want to blend in ?!)

Allana Martian said...

Bummer! I didn't catch your name being said. I guess Mr. Vernon needs glasses or something. He said my parents were down from Pennsylvania, but they actually live in Orlando. We were laughing...guess you were too!

Black shirt? Would you believe me if I said my white shirt got dirty and I actually thought the black shirt wouldn't stand out? Boy was I wrong! I want to re-do the pictures soon.

Debbie said...

Awesome pics of your family, love, love loved these! And it sounds like you guys had such a fun filled 4th.

JenLo said...

I saw a picture earlier of you with the white shirt...I figured it got dirty...was just kiddin' ya! I tried to get over to you to say 'hi' but everybody kept stopping me! And then you were gone ;(

Laurie said...

Beautiful family. I didn't know you had a blog... great way to keep in touch! Love Ya!