Well, first things first – it was my birthday. Whoop, Whoop! The kids made me homemade cards that were pretty cute.
Eric “wrapped” the presents (the same way he always does).
Oh wow! Another dragonfly solar light!
Here is my “cake” that my mom made for me. It wasn’t really a cake but some sort of fancy thing with real whip cream. It was good!
Me with all the kiddies at my parent’s cabin.
Time for the first campfire of the weekend!
Everyone is excited.
Yeah! Let’s get crazy!
And get messy!
And of course – set off some lanterns!
Up it goes! Sadly, there was NO wind so it went straight up and then came straight back down. Waaaah waaaaaaaaah.
The morning iPad brigade! We put a ban on iPads for the 4th of July (just that day) and they actually followed the rule with NO whining! It was crazy! I think I saw Uncle Jon sneaking a peak at his though! Busted!
The bug collectors!
We made cupcakes!
Here’s Dbert enjoying the water. We all enjoyed the water a lot until my Mom and I came down with…dun dun dun…SWIMMER’S ITCH! Noooooooo!!!! Then after that, we were a bit leery of the water. :(
At this point though, we were all blissfully unaware. Ahhhhh
If you catch her at the right moment, she will let you take picture after picture after picture. I think I took like 20 pictures of her doing different poses.
Kayak boys! Daniel is in there too but you can’t see him.
July 3rd fireworks. Taco John ran around with his smoke bomb thingy hootin’ and hollerin’ for our entertainment. And entertainment it was!
Hahaha, it looks like Avery’s pants are on fire here! They aren’t!
Trying our luck at another lantern.
This one actually went further away but still managed to come almost all the way back to where we lit it before getting stuck in a tree.
These pictures are funny because in every single one I took (and I took A LOT!) Natalie is making the same face. Hilarious! The other kids….not so much. But she was READY!
Time for the annual scavenger/treasure hunt! 4th of July edition! (note the fancy outfits Gma gave them)
I have no idea why Daniel is mad here, but I thought this pic was funny!
Annnnnd they’re off! (Side note: notice Sally Jesse Raphael down there trying to see what he’s taking a picture of without his cheaters?)
Hmmm, where could the next clue be???
Oooh! On the bird feeder!
What’s it say, readers?!
Oh this one’s a stumper!
Fast forward to the treasure!
Displaying their loot!
Here are the ladies playing with the barbies they got.
Time for the annual child tossing! Avery is the elected child as she is the only one he can toss now!
She has fun with it.
One of probably a 100+ hummingbirds my Dad feeds at their cabin. He refills his feeders constantly.
They swarm around fighting and swooping around all day long.
I like this picture of the kids hanging out chatting.
Eric took one for the team and drank one of these gross drinks. LOL
No idea why she was mad. I’m sure she had no idea why she was mad either. That’s her style!
Eric did up some smoke bombs and snakes while we waited for it to get dark enough for the fireworks display.
The view of the sunset from the boat while we waited, and waited, and waited for the fireworks. It seriously took forever. Get with the program, Cedar Crest!
And finally, some jumping off the pontoon boat pics. Here Daniel has finally decided to give it a go after watching everyone else do it over and over again.
Hey! Where’s me?!?! BOOOO! I went TOO! Oh well.
Well, this concludes our 4th of July fun. I’m sure I have plenty of iPhone photos that I could have included here, but I’m too lazy to upload. Too bad for you! Now, do you think I’ll get around to a timely update after our Cass Lake trip???? Time will tell! Haha!