Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fourth of July

I'm sitting here on my couch in my gym clothes listening to a symphony of crying children.  Ok, really just two crying children, but they are adept at sounding like way more than just two, especially when they are yelling.  We were going to go right to they gym after we dropped Ryan off at summer school, but instead they were so crabby that I just couldn't handle it and brought them back home and stuck them promptly in bed for a nap.  They woke up an hour and a half ago, by the way.  But such is life, I guess.  And now I have some unexpected free time, so I thought maybe I would finally blog about our Fourth of July celebrations!

We had a great fourth of July up in Ironwood.  Marianne, Seth and William were able to come up, and so were AnnaMarie and the kids, so we had all 8 of the Moore grandchildren together, which was very exciting!  William was such a sweetheart, and it was a lot of fun to see him and Marianne and Seth again.  We completely took over Grandpa's house with 8 little kids running around, but Grandpa, Christy and Carolin were all very good sports.

On the 3rd we did most of the traditional 4th of July stuff.  We went over to visit Brett and Sherry, which was lovely, and then we headed over to Sunday Lake.  We had a picnic and the kids ran and played at the park and snacked and drew on the sidewalk with chalk and wielded the light sabers that Janny bought for them for hours and hours.  Seriously, I think we were there waiting for the fireworks for like 6 hours.  It was incredibly hot, but a lot of fun!  At dusk we did our own sparklers and little fireworks, and the kids went crazy for them.  The fireworks were beautiful and definitely worth the wait.  I have never been in Ironwood over the 4th, and I have to say that Sunday Lake is my new favorite place to watch fireworks.  They are so beautiful over the lake.  The kids loved them, especially Ryan, who was mesmerized.  Katie was probably the funniest, though.  She would run off to "catch" the fireworks and bring them back to the rest of us.  It's great to be a kid, hey?  After the fireworks we headed back to Grandpa's house and got everybody snuggled into bed.

On the actual 4th of July we went to a parade and watched Christy march in the band and play her Saxophone, and the kids got WAY too much candy.  They were so excited.  I thought the people who threw popsicles were brilliant, although by the time they got to us they were mostly melted... Anyways, we had a great time watching Christy and watching the parade.  The rest of the afternoon was spent making my kids take naps because after dinner Michael and I took them on a hike to Sandstone Falls, which was so perfect, because there were tons of little wading pools off the river for the kids to play and swim in.  It was beautiful, and perfect weather, and a great way to wrap up the 4th of July!  We got the kids in bed early so we could have at least a shot at a peaceful ride home the next day.

Anyways, it was a fantastic 4th of July, and we loved spending time with family.  Thanks for having us, Grandpa!

Here are about a million pictures from our festivities.  Sorry, when I get behind, I don't separate all of the posts like I should, so I whittled the pictures down to 61 keepers!

 All 8 Moore grandkids!

 Ryan getting to know William:

Calvin, making sure to support William's head!

Uncle Seth and cousin WIlliam:

Calvin, lovin' him some babies!

 Three adorable baby boy cousins:

Auntie Janny and Aiden at our picnic at Sunday Lake:

The kids loved their treat bags from Brett and Sherry.  The sidewalk chalk was a big hit:

Jane was especially excited about it:

And the bug catcher/magnifying glasses were also a big hit, so thanks, Brett and Sherry!

Ryan and Daddy:

Katie is a monkey bar professional:

 Sophie took apart as many bug catcher/magnifying glasses as she could get her hands on, because she liked to do this with them:

Then Sophie shared them with me, so that was nice...

Sophie getting her hugs from cousin Katie:

Jane did this for hours:

All the Moore grandkids at Sunday Lake:

Me and my little buddy, Calvin:


Ryan and Calvin had so much fun trying to make those babies laugh.  Ryan did his donkey kick.  Classic.

Sophie and Jane climbing AND eating cotton candy.  

Jane was pretty excited about the cotton candy from Janny:

William, Jack and Aiden:

Not the best quality picture, but Ryan loved the sparklers :

Sophie warmed up to them slowly...

Classic Calvin:

But he overcame his fears and eventually had fun:

Katie had fun!

Me and Carolin (we miss you!!!)

Light sabers = big hit!  Thanks, Janny!

I love this one:

Sophie and Daddy:

AnnaMarie and the boys:

Christy and the girls:

Self portrait.  Sophie thought she was very funny.

Ryan loving the fireworks:

Michael and Sophie watching the fireworks:

Katie "catching" the fireworks for everybody:

At the parade on the fourth. Ryan was serious about waving that flag.  I think he thought it would get him more candy.

Sophie and her flag.  Thanks, Janny!  The kids really loved those flags!

Seth and William:

Janny and Jerry:

Calvin and his flag:

More AnnaMarie and the boys.  Can you tell she does this a lot?

Christy and her saxophone:

Calvin was super excited about the candy, can you tell?


More flag waving!

Michael and the kids at Sandstone Falls:

Michael showed the kids how to catch crayfish.  That little guy looks like he is waving at us:

Ryan finally got brave enough to hold one (I didn't. Surprised?)

He also found some rocks and really wanted me to take a picture of him:

Sophie in the wading pools:

Michael and Calvin checking out the water:

Me and Calvin by the falls:

3 little cuties at the falls:

1 comment:

AnnaMarie said...

Wow. That is a whole load of awesome pictures. Such great times had by all. Thanks for sharing!