I promised I’d post a follow up on our Fourth of July celebrations. I finally uploaded our pictures – I took over 300!!! Yikes!
Normally the kids ride the school float, but this year DD wanted to watch the parade and DS wanted to walk with the Swim Team. He had a great time handing out candy and necklaces. I took a million parade pictures, but I thought I’d only share just a few for your sake (hey – I want you to come back and read again you know…)
My beautiful niece received this hat from a young man who was in the parade. We were near the end of the parade and he jumped off the float and gave it to her. “I saw you and want to give you my hat.” It was adorable.
Of course we teased her about it the entire day. DH really had a good time teasing her and she took it well.
DD and her good friend from D.I. who was on one of the floats. Notice the CAR behind them? They couldn’t wait for the parade to end so they (and many others) just pulled out in the middle of the parade. Nice.
After we enjoyed the parade, we came back to the house for some lunch and some old fashioned fun. We were going to play ladder ball, but the kids and the dads decided to do this instead:
He looks like he’s in pain, but he’s not. Just glorified wrestling (with a little bit of dodge ball thrown in there). This is DH’s cousin and his son. Fun stuff.
One set of cousins had to go home, so we made sure we had a picture of all of the cousins together. Unfortunately, we didn’t have everyone here – that would have been quite the picture!
We were pretty disappointed because ALL of us forgot about the duck races. We were looking forward to that (and the chalk drawing contest) but we DID make it to the bed races! This was a hoot and got DH and his cousin thinking of racing next year. Some wild and cut throat design ideas were tossed into the conversation. I have a feeling that I’ll be on a bed during next year’s race.
Vincent’s Ice Cream Shoppe ended up winning the race. Ice Cream always wins.
The next day (Saturday) my sister and I took the youngest to the arts and crafts fair while my BIL and my DH took the kids to the carnival on the beach. Of course, I forgot the camera again to take pictures of the art fair (my favorite of the whole weekend), but picked it up on my way to the beach:
DH and my nephew were making a sand dog. We also buried a couple of kids in the sand and met up with some new friends from downstate. My youngest nephew was swallowed by a wave, but my niece quickly picked him up. He has since sworn off all water except baths.
We were also able to get a family picture in. Why is DH all dressed up? He had to round earlier that day. Yes, that’s me in a bathing suit. Notice how the kids are strategically placed in front of me?
Thankfully our friend Tracy was there and she offered to take a family picture of all of us who were at the beach that day. This is most of my side of the family – my sister and her husband (and their kids of course), DH and I with our kids and my mom.
Saturday night everyone hung out here while my sis and I walked the river walk. It was so nice to see her again. Once we got home a girlfriend of mine from down state called me and I walked up to the carnival to see her. It was so good to finally meet her hubby and kids and her extended family was SO NICE! We’ll have to get together again when we have more time.
Sunday was a trip to Mass where I was able to pick on my sister’s lack of using sunscreen the day before. She could do nothing but wince in pain. Of course I got the dirty looks from my mom, but I could easily ignore those. 😉 The people behind us got a kick out of it though.
All in all a wonderful and fun weekend.