Wednesday, July 25, 2012

4th of July

The 4th of July was a great day full of activities. We spent the morning/afternoon at beautiful Stony Brook Park with some friends, then attended a BBQ/pool party for dinner, and topped the day off by watching a gorgeous firework show downtown. We were fortunate that Bryson had the day off this year and that we were able to spend the day as a family (and our almost 4th of July baby Andrew joined us this year!)
The 4th is a fantastic holiday. The weather is typically warm, the food is casual (but good), and it feels so wonderful to celebrate and reflect on what a great nation we live in. I cannot help but feel overwhelmed when I think about the cost of our freedom. I have many family members who died securing that freedom (as do many of you). We are so blessed to be Americans. 

This is Stony Brook. It is a huge park full of waterfalls with natural pools underneath them. Our good friends, The Mudricks, invited us to join them. They go every year, and I am so glad we were able to join them this year. 

The Mudricks

Ethan, Liam, and James

We all look so goofy in this picture. I am pretty sure Ben Mudrick was shaking his bum to get the boys to laugh. I guess this antic works pretty well on adults too! 

Our other good friends, the McBeths, were able to join us that day. 

The boys loved these natural water slides. They could have spent all day here.

And little Andrew loved watching his big brother play. Next year he will be out there with them!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Father's Day- another belated post

Father's Day was special this year. It is always special, but I got to spend the day with my father, grandfather, and my husband. We went to church, hung out in the backyard in the pool, and my mom, grandma and I made dinner for all the guys. It was our last day in LV with all the family and I am glad we were able to relax and just enjoy one another and celebrate fathers! Where would be without all of the great fathers in our lives? I pretty much won the lottery when it comes to dads. He is the best- seriously. Now I love watching my husband be the best dad to our children. And I am raising 3 boys whom I hope will be incredible dads someday. Fathers are so wonderful, and I am glad we were able to thank them for all they do.

Daniel and his cousin Tommy looking very dapper for the special day

My parents with all of their grandchildren. 

I don't know how this photo snuck in of these 2 weirdos! haha!

Dad and Daniel

Andrew, my mom, and my grandma cooking in the kitchen

All of us hanging out after a great meal

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Deep Creek cousin trip

Every year we spend 2 or 3 weeks in Maryland on a lake called Deep Creek with all of Bryson's family. This year we made a special 'girls' trip there with just Shannon, Bryson's cousins Katie & Emily, and myself. Did I mention that there were also 9 kids there with us?! And no husbands.
Despite being terribly outnumbered, the trip was a huge success and lots of fun. 
Some of the week's activities included: 
scavenger hunts
lots and LOTS of smores
ice cream runs on the boat
jet skiing
movie nights
a piñata
and lots of quality cousin bonding

The littlest ones of the crew. These two thought they were one of the big guys on the slide.

Daniel showing off some of his NYC crafts

One of our many campfires 

James fell asleep on the boat almost daily

And after staying up late with cousins, Daniel fell asleep a few times too

Cute Ali


I brought Andrew in the lake for a swim. He did not love it at first, but soon realized it was not so bad.

Shannon and Nathan snoozing

Katie and her daughter Cami

Our last night we had a piñata

Emily and Maggie

The kids spent a LOT of time in the hot tub swimming, laughing, and spraying each other with water


Jordan and Charlie

More crafts! Katie had a Mary Poppins like bag that she pulled out every day full of fun things for the kids to do. All the crafts had a NYC theme, which is appropriate since she and Emily (and her kiddos) live there.

Ice cream!

I am pretty sure this was Andrew's first ice cream cone. He was attacking it and finished every last bite

It was a little hard keeping an on eye on SO many kids, so sometimes we would plop these two into what we called the 'corral'. 

They actually did not mind being in there. Every once in a while James would lift if up and yell "babies OUT!" and we would see these two rug rats scurry away!