Today was the perfect Independence Day, a totally normal holiday around these parts and very welcome! Isla and I started it with a nap while Tahd and Gabe went to the parade, and then we added in a second nap and finally a celebration with some of my family.
Two naps and a party? Perfection!
Happy first fourth, little girl!
I love this picture of her with my sister. Gramma bought her festive outfit for the occasion.
Once again, Gabe attempted to duck the camera most of the time, but I did manage to get him in a few shots.
We are definitely a family of electronic devices. We have ipads and iphones and droids and laptops and kindles…this is not an uncommon scene!
We did attempt to get Isla to sleep several other times. One time was (moderately) successful, as seen here in the mound of pillows. I promise she’s not under the pillows. They’re in place to keep her from rolling off the bed.
Kayla made this patriotic sangria. It was so pretty and tasted great! I know there was some type of fruit juice, Sprite, fruit, and then we got to add however much Moscato we wanted to our glasses. The longer we let it sit the tastier it got!
We also ate some really great food, but I didn’t take any photos of it. Which is probably good, because I think you could gain weight just from looking at it – it was that good!
Side note: I like my dad’s shoes.
It wouldn’t be a holiday if my brother-in-law, Luke, didn’t go to Walgreens, and this time he came back with a bag of assorted firecrackers.
I think he’s Gabe’s new best friend!
We all had to gather for the show.
He does love lighting things on fire and making things explode!
Somebody else? Not a fan! Sheer terror is more like it.
She was completely terrified when this one went off!
We packed up our party and moved to the lake at dusk. I’m glad they do our fireworks over the lake because it has been so dry here this summer! We really need some rain!
I meant to bring my tripod so I could play around with some pictures of the fireworks. In the rush to leave, however, I totally forgot. I tried to use Isla’s stroller as a makeshift steady support. Note to self – when looking for a steady surface, choose one without wheels.
Given her reaction to the firecrackers I wasn’t sure if I’d have to make a quick dash for the car once they started, but thankfully she was okay with them.
Actually, I think she even liked them!
Happy Independence Day! I hope yours was just as nice!