Monday, July 6, 2009

Fourth of July Weekend!!

What a fun weekend we had here in Michigan! I can't believe that Fourth of July weekend is here again - it seems pretty significant to us as last year this time was the first time we felt like we were dipping our toes into what Michigan has to offer. This year Matt worked the 4th and the day after, but the kids and I had a great time joining in on the festivities and spending the weekend with various friends. Friday night Matt was able to join us for dinner at a friend's house and for fireworks afterwards. The kids had a blast roasting marshmallows, playing on swingsets, and counting fireflies instead of watching the fireworks :-)
Saturday the kids and I headed to the parade we went to last year and were all quite pleased with how the day went. Last year was filled with tears and disappoint as most everyone in the parade had run out of candy by the time they reached where we were sitting and Caleb and Addie weren't quite fast enough to get to the rare few pieces that were sent out their way before the "big kids" grabbed them all up. This year, on the other hand, we had an over-abundance of loot, with most of it still sitting in my diaper bag. We actually knew several people this year in the parade which made it extra fun for the kids and even met up with some friends of ours from the hospital (Parker and Owen) to sit with! Afterward we headed over to the free carnival and enjoyed 3 hours of rides (and lines), again running into several people from around town that we have met over the past year, which was just a nice reminder for me as to how far we've come this past year. That night the kids and I headed over to Parker's house for a bbq which we all enjoyed.
Sunday was another beautiful day and we headed to the beach with Brandee. The kids had a blast playing in the sand and were even brave enough to experiment with burying each other in it after seeing some big kids doing the same. They were very excited to share their weekend with Daddy through the many pictures we took. Here are some to enjoy:

Four kids, two doctors, and an open flame. Sounds safe to me.

Avery just loved the parade and waving to everyone passing by

Caleb loves these bounce things - and is convinced he's in a race - he won of course

Addison burying Caleb in the sand

Addison buried in the sand

The Baywatch shot