The kids super cute outfits
All of us in our new backyard - isn't it pretty??
There's a little pond on the right and a ton of really cool plants scattered around among the rocks!
In the evening we were invited to our friends, the Stephens', for a BBQ and fireworks in the driveway - so much fun!
Moriah eating a cupcake with popper confetti string in her hair =)
The kids even got to help light some of them!
Philip and I shooting some Roman Candles
Keenan's lighting stick
Haha! This one didn't turn out, but I love how they are a Blur as they run away from the ones they just lit! =)
Yes, there's a story behind my apparent... size here. As shown in our family picture above, I had a cute patriotic shirt, but had changed in the afternoon (while making cupcakes) and then on the way to the party, realized I was wearing my mud run shirt and not a patriotic shirt at all!! I was SO bummed, but it would have been stupid to turn around just for that, so Philip suggested that we stop at Walmart and get me a red, white and blue shirt (how sweet!) Well, all they had left was this... in XL. By golly, on my first Fourth as an American, I was going to look like one, so I wore it! =)
Caleb hanging onto the basketball stand while watching the fireworks (he got a lot more brave between the first and the fourth!)
Our group and the neighbors had a "friendly competition" going on (although the neighbors had Way better stuff than we did!) =)
Keenan and Todd Stephens (Keenan LOVES him!)
I love this one of both boys with Todd
Caleb mesmerized by the red light on someone's head lamp
Doing a huge sparkler with Daddy
Fun red, white and blue flowers they had on the table!
Growing up in rural Ontario, we only ever saw fireworks at an actual "show" put on by a city, never really anyone's personal stuff being set off. In Michigan, they have pretty strict rules about fireworks, so we didn't see much there either. Here - our neighborhood has been setting them off for the past Three days, at ALL times of day (until after midnight!) It's crazy! When we were driving home last night, we could see fireworks going off in every direction!! We had to drive around a different street to get in our driveway because our neighbors had a ton going off in the middle of the road! A new experience for sure! =)