Monday, July 6, 2009

Red, White and Blue

This is the first July 4th in three years that it didn't rain. Not only did it not rain but we had absolutely gorgeous weather.

We spent the night at my in-laws on Friday night along with my nieces, nephew and sisters in law so that we could all go to the parade Saturday morning.

Though the parade was a little long and in need of more bands and general entertainment, we all had a good time seeing the endless firetrucks, politicians throwing loads of candy and kids on decorated bicycles.

It was nice for all the cousins to get to do something fun together. They all looked so cute in their outfits.

I handed Mark the camera so I could finally be in at least one picture. And I think he captured a gem.

After the parade we headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house for more food and fun.

Patriotic popsicles were a popular choice and Mia was certainly not left out.

She has really started hamming it up for the camera. Hmmmm...I wonder why?

This pictures is for my family because they have been bugging me for a picture of Mia walking. Enjoy!

After some delicious food and homemade ice cream we headed out to get a spot for the fireworks. There was music playing which was nice since we had over an hour to wait for it to get dark.Austin happily danced.

The sunset prior to the fireworks was gorgeous. That alone would have been a terrific ending to a wonderful day. But, there were still fireworks to come.

It was WAY past Mia's bedtime and she was having a really hard time waiting, but she ultimately loved the fireworks and oohed and aahed the whole time.

On the way home I told Mark that I think it was one of the best 4th of Julys I have had. I love this country and celebrating it's "birthday" with my family brought me joy and hope that we will all remember the foundations it was built on and hold true to them.


Megan said...

Great pictures! Looks you had terrific day!

mommaof4wife2r said...

oh, i wish i was there! love the pics...and seriously, do you think those kids could be any more precious? and YOU made it in the pics this time too! wow!!! love the last shot of dad and mia! so precious!

MrsKraft said...

It's about time you're in a photo with one of your kids!
LOVE Mia's dress...that is too precious!!! (And it's BLUE--way to hide those popsicle stains!!!)
And you're going to hate me for saying this, but Austin is a real little boy!!! Wow...I can't believe how big he is!

Krystyn said...

Looks like a great day.

Mark really captured a winner.

And look at Miss Mia walking!

The White House said...

What a fun day. I love the collages, you are a great photographer, but you really should hand Mark the camera more often! Great pic of you!

Casey's trio said...

It sounds like you had a fabulous holiday weekend with lots of great pictures to show for it!!

Chris said...

Oh, these are spectacular shots! Well done --and your husband did indeed capture a gem.

My favorite of the whole bunch is Mia's wide open mouth shot!

Elaine A. said...

What a bunch of wonderful pictures! Mia looks so cute in her dress (as do all the kids!) and that sunset IS wonderful! What a fabulous holiday celebration.

Thanks for stopping by my place, it was nice to catch up with you a bit! : )

Heather Kibler said...

It's nice to see you in a shot. You definitely should hand the camera over more often... because it looks like you're not the only one with a knack for taking pics! That is, of course, only after you've gotten some of your signature shots!

Speaking of which, I absolutely ADORE the shot of Mia walking down the path in her perfect little patriotic dress!

Wendi said...

Is it possible for you to post a few crappy shots of your kids?
You know...just to make the rest of us feel better?
So glad you guys had a wonderful 4th!

Lindsay said...

Gosh darn those kids are adorable!