Yesterday we celebrated America's birthday and what better way to have celebrated than with a few family and friends. Since the majority of us would have to work the next day we decided on an early start to the party and guests started arriving around lunch time. The food seemed like it was never ending, we had hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled salmon, ribs, baked beans, jalapeno poppers, chips and lots of yummy desserts.
But lets back up just a little first. Before everyone arrived I took the kids out front for a quick 4th of July photo shoot. Taking pictures of any kid can be challenging but when its of your own its IMPOSSIBLE. Needless to say, I wasn't able to get any decent pictures of the kids together but we managed to get a few of them individually. Of the pictures where they are sitting by each other, they all went pretty much like the two pictures below and honestly, they still make for a great laugh.
Now back to the party. Once Cousin Colton arrived the boys took to the water and this is where they spent the next several hours. Kaden was the cautious one. Colton was the dare devil. They made quite the duo. And their duo turned into a trio when Madi arrived and decided to join in on the fun.
And I think the kids, well I know mine for sure had enough sugar to last him a lifetime yesterday. Every time I turned around he was either reaching for a rice krispy treat or asking someone else to pass him one. Pretty sure he got his hands on at least 5 of those and that doesn't even begin count the number of cookies, cupcakes and ice pops he had! I was a little worried about how nap time having seen all the sugar he just inhaled but once he fell asleep, he was out and stayed out for 3 very long hours. Might have to make pool time with Colton an every weekend kind of thing if he would nap like that each time.
We ended the evening by watching Macy's 4th of July Spectucular a few neighborhood fireworks from our bedroom window. Although the heat was blistering and no one really wanted to be in the sun besides the kids, it was a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon--Sitting back with a drink in hand listening as the pitter patter of little feet go by. Six happy kids, ranging from 6 weeks old to 3 years old, doesn't get much better than that. Life is good. God Bless America (which is also my favorite patriotic song of all time) and the heros fighting for our country and for the freedom of others.