"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Our 4th of July // 2017

It has become one of my most anticipated holidays - taking second place to Christmas but definitely well above Valentine's Day. :) I think it's because it's really our only summer holiday and summer is to be savored and greatly appreciated for it is so fleeting and sacred. I also think it's because the older I get, the more I value this special land we live in, the values it possesses, and the unique and special way in which we get to celebrate it. With confetti-filled skies, firefly nights and flip-flop suntan lines on our feet. It's a simple holiday - there's no fuss over tree decorating or present wrapping - and as long as the sunshine cooperates and there's gas for the grill, you've pretty much got everything you need to celebrate it to its fullest.

We've had a few solid years in a row of good weather to bless our July 4th weekends, and this year was no exception. Although the days leading up to this year's holiday threatened rain and storms, it all cleared up at the last minute, and we celebrated for a good five days in a row. Cody and I both took extra time off work, the boys had a break from baseball and golf, and we had plenty of free time to spend with friends and family.

We kicked it off the Friday night beforehand with a casual and relaxing night at home - a rare happening so far this summer! Brandon and I played Yahtzee on the back patio, Daddy installed the boys' brand new swing - a house warming gift from Papa Bob and Nana Nancy - up on one of our trees' highest limbs... and we ran around our yard in our pajamas well after dark catching lightning bugs and anticipating all the fun that was to come.

Saturday was spent painting our four season's room and Brandon's bedroom before meeting the Grahams' and the Larimers' for a Saturday night baseball game. There was hot dogs and popcorn, summer shandy's and a Buc's win... and the night ended with Lea Greenwood and fireworks, baseballs and autographs for the kids... and a chance to run around the bases in the dark. It was a good night.

Sunday was a day for boating! We roasted hot dogs on the beach, soaked our toes in the warm sand, jumped in the lake when we started feeling a little too warm... and watched our boys captain Papa Tim's ship for the first time.

A whole lot of pictures of cousins and watermelon slices and big smiles...

Sometimes... you just gotta feel the non-existent music - and rock out. ;)

No two boys have ever looked cuter in a captain's hat. I'm positively sure of it. :)

Jaden took driving this boat very seriously, and we had to fight with Brandon to steer it back to shore when it was time. I think they could have stayed out there all day and night!

I melt. A very loose buck tooth and a hat a few sizes too big. I couldn't get enough of them!

So tuckered out that we actually got a late afternoon nap out of this one! A good thing, too - we were just getting started. Stay tuned!