Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Celebrating Freedom

Tradition holds that George Washington proclaimed, "We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."
We had such a wonderful holiday weekend, full of memory making activity, but very laid back. Friday the 4th we enjoyed swimming, eating shish kebobs, making apple sauce, watching a puppet show and fireworks.

Annabelle's first time (since her birth) in a pool. She loved it!

Bronwen, Aunt Jayme, Noah and my niece Madelyn

Surf's up!

In the evening, Jayme gave a puppet show - Handsel and Gretel

Finally it got dark enough for the sparklers and the neighborhood displays of fireworks. (Still trying to get used to the day light savings time.)

It was so hard for Bronwen to stay up so late. When we came inside to watch the Boston Pops, she asked if she could go to sleep.

Saturday we said good bye to Jayme and after taking her to the airport, lingered to watch her plane take off.  Then we said hello to Mason who will be with us for the week. 
Sunday after church was a sweet, relaxing day at home with the children. I was able to sneak off for a little while and welcome my cousin's new little baby, Peyton. 
And today we went to the beach. Sadly, I forgot my camera so I missed Annabelle giggling as the waves tickled her toes for the first time, Noah being buried up to his chin, Bronwen playing in the sand, Mason trying to move a giant rock and a turtle trying to cross a busy intersection. We turned around and waiting for a break in traffic, carried him to safety rescuing him from certain death. 
Our four day weekend was very low-key and just what we needed. Hope your holiday was just what you needed too!


Elizabeth said...

Great shots! I love the one of Jayme & Bronwen crashed out, too sweet! You looked very relaxed Sunday AM.;-)
James & Mom just left for the airport. He didn't want her to have to worry about changing transporation with her luggage.
Maybe I'll get something posted today...

Mandi said...

I'm sure my grandmother smiled from Heaven when you helped that turtle :)!

Jayme said...

What a sweet day it was...I love that shot with Brownie.