Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's About Time...

So I am lame and I haven't blogged in a LONG time...After being kicked in the butt by a few of you I decided to get my hiney in gear and try to do a little catch up. I'm not really going in order because...well, I'm confusing like that... :)

The Fourth
For the past couple of years we've been lucky enough to spend the Fourth at my in-laws house on the lake. It's a blast for the kids and the fireworks are amazing to watch over the water. I have to admit that I do miss my own family's tradition of taking the boat out on the Sound, playing cards, making fun of each other and eating way too much food... But now it seems a new tradition has started and my side of the family has decided to join in the fun.

One of the highlights for the kids was the inflatable water slide that Darren (Logan's brother) brought with them. The boys LOVED it and spent almost the whole day going up and down and splashing each other. They need to make a bigger one so the adults can jump on too! :)

I think the picture beneath speaks for itself. The kids weren't the only ones who had fun with the toys.

My sister-in-law Mary is awesome and is always making really cool crafts and fun things with her boys. They made these fun shirts by using different types of noodles and paint.

Once the sun started to set, the fireworks were close at hand. You can see the excitement on Kade and his cousins (Lydia and Mac's) faces as they anticipated the show. Or was it the prospect of staying up late and getting to eat all the smores their little hearts desired...

So my dad, months in advance started to work on his pyrotechics (fireworks show). He had huge plans this year. I don't know what got into him but he was like a kid at a candy store. Maybe it was because for so many years he was deprived of lighting things off when we would celebrate on the boat, but regardless, he was pumped. It took quite awhile to set up and get everything just right, but it was well worth the wait. I wonder what he'll do to top himself next year... I'm a little frightened to be honest. :) Here's a pic of him starting to set it all up.

And here's pics of us all waiting... :)

Sarah, Eric and Baby Ian

Lil' sister Alisa

Sis-in-law Sarah and my niece Monica

The Kiddos

Don't let this grumpy face fool you - we had a great Fourth of July. Thanks family for making it so much fun!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kade's Fun in the Sun Birthday party - minus the sun...

I can't believe my little guy is three!! Each day is an adventure with this kiddo (and no - this pic is not from Halloween - he loves to get into "character"). :)

For his birthday we wanted to do something fun and laid back. We decided on a sun filled water slide/sprinkler, kiddie pool party at my parents. However, the weather did not like our plans... When we arrived to set up it had started to rain. Not good. I started to stress a little, but in the end it all worked out. Instead of water toys, the kids played on the swings and slide, blew bubbles, harassed the chickens, beat a pinata with a bat and ate some tasty food.

Thanks to all our wonderful friends and family who celebrated this special day with us. I wish I would've been able to spend more time talking with all of you, but I think the kids had fun and after all, that's what it's all about right?! We love you little kid!!