Independence Day 2011

What a very busy, fun packed weekend we had! We kicked off the festivities Saturday at Steven’s dad’s house down along the river. Steve’s girlfriend Diane had her two grandkids there too, and all of the kids played so good together. Later on some more little kids joined in, including three cousins and they all got along so well. We spent the day hanging out on the front porch, fishing on the dock and eating lots of yummy food. When the sun started going down it was time to get the sparklers out and start the firework fun. Up until recently it was illegal to buy or sale fireworks in Kentucky if they left the ground. That law recently changed though, so no more driving to Indiana to buy fireworks, and they had a good haul this year (over $400 worth!!!)
We were blessed with this gorgeous sunset…I had to capture it in some pictures! It was amazing! 

Micah didn’t really like the fireworks. As soon as they started he ran away, so I took him and we sat up on the porch. He felt safer over there, and by the end of the show he was back in the yard with the kids whooping and hollaring! 

What’s the 4th of July without sparklers!?!? I commented to Steven later though that we look like true hillbilly parents…Brianna is barefoot while using sparklers…bad hillbilly parents!!!

This little guy is a pyromaniac! He kind of freaked me out! As soon as they started lighting sparklers and fireworks he starts running around the yard screaming “Fire! I love fire!!” I think we’ll be watching that very closely! lol

And as much as he didn’t like the fireworks, Micah loved the sparklers…they are pretty fun!!

Brianna ended up spending the night at Pawpaw’s house so we went home with only the boys. I think I turned off my light at around 1 am…it was a long day, but a very fun one! We slept in Sunday morning and then went to pick up Brianna so we could head out to Steven’s uncle’s house. They live out in the country, on about 3 1/2 acres, which isn’t huge, but it’s enough for a pool, a great covered back porch, lots of room to play ball, and big driveway perfect for corn hole! We always have a lot of fun at Uncle Tim and Aunt Pam’s house! Going out there is always something we look forward to. 
Micah does not like the pool! It didn’t matter that it was almost 100 degrees outside, and the pool was at least 85…he still screamed and screamed. I even got in and tried to hold him to see if he’d calm down..but no! It felt so good  but he didn’t last 5 minutes!!!

This kid is a fish! I think he spent more time in the water than out of it! 

My other fish! This little girl has always adored being in the water! 
Jonah fell in love with his cousin Kyle’s girlfriend, Jordan. Here is concentrating very hard on a puzzle of the US that he was putting together with her. For the record, I think she was just as in love with him!!! 
The Triplets: (left  to right): Gabe, Sophia and Evelyn- 8 months old and so scrumptious!!!!

“Look Mom! Those firecrackers had parachute guys in them!!! Isn’t that so cool!?!?!”

Chilin’ out with Gaga and Papa!

Micah with his Aunt and Godmother Michelle.

Aren’t these pinwheels cute!?!? I want some for my garden next year!
To wrap up the night we gathered around a fire (did I mention it was still like 80+ degrees outside!?!?) and roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. They were so yummy, and it was a great way to wrap up a really awesome day! 

Happy 4th of July everybody! I hope you had a great day! May God continue to bless you wherever you are, and may God continue to bless this great country!
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