This year for the 4th of July, we headed over to my sister's annual Campbell's 4th of July celebration. While it was a smaller crowd than usual, we had the most fun this year than any other year that I can remember. The food was sublime, the weather was perfect and the kids played together like best friends. I took tons of pictures and included only a small portion of them here. But, since there are still a lot to look at, I'll let the photos speak for themselves and keep the commentary to a minimum. These are not in order according to how our day went and we'll start off with our redneck teeth photos.
These teeth were in the kid's pinata, but I think the adults had the most fun with them.
Siblings who play together, stay together.
Like father, like daughter!
Three of mom and dad's four grandaughters.
James giving me my daily kiss.
Aaron and Heather
Adela and Wes.
Rob and I.
Mom and Dad.
Heather made a birthday cake for the kids who have birthdays in July. Kailee, Kody and Elijah were the lucky B-day kids!
Brownie cake with fudge and white chocolate decorated to look like a flag. Genious, beautiful and yummmmmy!!
Cousins. With celebration hair. I'm not sure when this started, but the kids always spray their hair at our 4th of July parties. We are missing baby Tannor, Tuckor and James in this photo. They did NOT want to lay on the grass, thank you very much!
Chairs are better! Eleven of the grandkids are pictured here. We are missing Austin and Jen's kids, plus Adela's stepson. We thought of them all day, wishing they could have come.
This next group of photos were all taken under the fabulously huge tree in Adela's yard. They have four swings hanging from this tree and it's gigantic area of shade made it the perfect hang out spot during the day when it was hot.
Me, loving on Tannor.
Kailee swinging high!
The kids climed up the ladder with the swing and then jumped off. Nobody asked "will you push me?"
Watching all the kids having fun.
How high can you go?
Double the fun! Nate with Kailee.
Trevor taking a break in the shade.
"Is there room for me?"
Aaron, trying to prove that he can still be a monkey. There was never any doubt. ;-)
Grammie and baby Tannor! He is SUCH a loving child. I miss him already!
To take this picture, I stepped back until everyone in the yard was in the shot. You can see on the far right Wesley, Rob and a couple others working on filling the 500 water balloons.
Time to cool off! "Hit me with your best shot!" They are lined up waiting to be shot at with the water balloon sling shots.
Kody, pulling back as hard as he can on the sling shot.
Aaron and Rob are the sling shot holders.
This was slow and nobody was really getting wet, so the sling shots were dropped and a free-for-all started. Notice I'm standing back, with the camera so as not to get aimed at!
Slip-n-Slide time! Wesley is an awning maker and brought home this long stretch of awning material for a slip-n-slide.
But, still that wasn't enough wetness for the adults. Do you think Heather won brownie points with her hubby? ;-)
This "hit" was hired by my lovely sister-in-law, Jennifer. "Thanks, Jen! Yeah, I know, I had it coming!!!"
The "money shot!"
Just so Rob wouldn't feel left out...
He took it like a man!
After the kids all took their turn, the silly thing still had not been broken. We had a lot of laughs watching Wesley torment the adults by making the pinata go up out of reach and then down to the ground. (Aaron is blindfolded)
I think Wes really injoyed tormenting his wife!
Papa even took a turn!
Glow sticks. It wouldn't be 4th of July without them! I always stock up on them from the dollar store.
Rob and I also provide the fireworks each year.
Trying something new.
More glow stick fun!
Kailee making a sparkler angel!
Thanks, Adela, for hosting, cooking, soaking and entertaining us! Same place, same time, next year?