Jul 6, 2010

Happy 5th of July!

This year Independence Day coincided with the Sabbath. Since Monday was a vacation day for the working folk, we celebrated our freedom in this fantastic country a day late!

After Lexi's morning nap, the whole family gathered at David and Rachel's house to swim. Sadly, David and his family were in Utah, so we missed their company, but we sure enjoyed their pool! The cool water was lovely. We baked in the sun, despite prodigious use of sunscreen (SPF 50 for my kids). The boys had a ball with Eric (aka" the family spark plug") and Jentry and Holly, who had energy and open arms for the kids.

Tyler was either above the water (jumping in) or under the water (hunting diving sticks). He really wore himself out! Lexi cried most of the morning, so I got out with her to take these pictures. She has been a little out of sorts lately.

Granny grabbed pizza for everyone on the way home. I put my babies down for naps, and then the boys and I enjoyed several hands of Uno with Holly, Angie, Eric, and Jentry. Eventually I joined Gavin for a long nap.

Quite suddenly (for me!), it was time for dinner! My parents hosted a barbecue and debuted Dad's new grill. That's a manly grill - the perfect appliance for mass barbecuing!

Dad grilled for 19 that night. In addition to local family members, the Shaha family came. It's so fun for me to be with the Shahas again (since they moved from Colorado Springs in May), and I'm thrilled that our families are growing closer. We have a great time together!

Dinner itself was delicious, the company was fantastic, and we had lots of laughs.
We were also entertained by Chloe's talents; she recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang a song about the US Presidents and earned our wild applause. I love this photo of my cute sisters (and niece), and, as you can see, Lexi enjoyed every bite of her dinner.

After dinner (and dessert, of course), we ALL went to the Shahas' neighborhood pool for a lovely evening swim. What fun!


shaina said...

Ah, days by the pool. Sounds so fun. We tried to bbq too, but for some reason, our grill wouldn't work, even with a new propane tank.
so glad you got to have a great day, and a great nap!

The Wizzle said...

Dang, I am sorry to have missed all that! It certainly looks like your dad had room for a few more burgers on that grill. :) That looks like a serious appliance!

And, being "on vacation" with my kids now, and seeing how very out of sorts they are, allow me to extend a greater degree of sympathy to you, trying to get used to a new place with your four. Yikes! It's like they totally go crazy and turn into permanent worst versions of themselves...

Melanie said...

Thanks for letting us join in the fun! Your family rocks! And getting to be you and kids is pretty awesome too. Garry, come to visit! We miss you!

angieinpink said...

it was so fun!!!! one of the funnest days i have had in a long time! we love the shahas! :) and the bartles! :) and the dixons! :) win/win/win style.

Grandma said...

Looks like a fun day for all! Happy 4th and 5th:)

Grandma said...

Looks like a fun day for all! Happy 4th and 5th:)

Christa Johnson said...

What an AMAZING holiday you had!!!! You take such great pictures, they truly capture the fun and excitement of childhood and family!!!! I am really glad things are going well for you down here in the heat.
We will have to get our kids together once I finish radiation. (8 more sessions left)

pass it on!

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