Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, You Fabulous Country, You!

Hope you have had a wonderful 4th of July! I am posting late today as I sit in our hotel room waiting for Leah to chat herself to sleep. The girl was singing "Jesus Loves Me" just a minute ago.

We are spending the weekend out of town to celebrate my niece Meghan's wedding reception tomorrow night. This evening we had a family barbecue hosted by her husband's aunt & uncle - it was very fun to have a place to congregate. Because that's what Aaron's family does - there are simply too many of them to just "get together". It's like someone called an assembly or something.

Leah found a buddy in 6-year old Kate, or as she introduced herself, "Kite". This is because "Kite" is from Australia. The girls had a blast running around being goofy. I have photographic proof.

I finally got to join the party after sitting in the van for what seemed like an eternity with two sleeping children getting their desperately needed naps. Ben woke up earlier and was retrieved by Aaron, but Leah slept on for another half hour or so. I even did evil things like switch the air conditioner on and off and whisper her name when she'd shift, but she STILL didn't wake up.

I redeemed myself later by beating the sparks from a sparkler out of her lap with my bare hands. Boo ya.

Fireworks started going off, and Ben was reaching the end of his rope anyways and had resorted to clinging to Aaron and shuddering every time one went off, so we headed back to our hotel room.

Where we have two queen beds, one for us and one for Leah, and Ben's pack & play between the two. Which means that whenever either of the kids makes a squawk all night, I'll be waking up to make sure they don't wake the other one. And squawks they will make, because they both talk in their sleep. God bless them, they got it from their mother, who got it from HER mother. We're talking generations of moms waking up one thousand times a night.

But I got my pictures of the kids in their red, white, & blue outfits holding sparklers, so I'm happy. We hit the pool in the morning.

Rock on, America.


Stacie Anderson said...

Happy 4th of July to you! Sounds like fun was had by all. I also got my red, white & blue photos although Kenzie was terrified of sparklers this year!

Aaron said...

Can't wait for pictures...

Also, the thought of Ben clinging to Aaron and shuddering with each firework is hilarious. Poor little snooch.

mama.nichols4 said...

Happy Independence Day! Sparklers rock!!!

I'm glad you had a great time with your family.. we did as well, not to mention all the food and frenzy with the cousins and out-laws. Gotta love a day designated for celebrating the freedom of our great nation.

Suzi said...

We had a great time too. My parents lake had their 1st annual boat parade. So we dressed up the boat and jet ski and drove around the lake with everyone. Lincoln and his cousins kept yelling "Happy 4th." I tried getting them to yell "Happy Independence Day." But I guess that's a little to long for 3-4 year olds to yell, since they just stuck with "Happy 4th." I did get them to add "of July." So they were then yelling "Happy 4th of July," everytime we passed someone on land.

It was so fun to see the kids so excited about the fireworks, and we just did smoke bombs, sparklers and other simple fireworks. Lincoln was a little hesitant with the sparklers, but he wanted to hold it, with my help.

They all stayed up late and got to see some fireworks shows across my parents lake and we didn't even get bit by mosquitos since we were inside then.