I love being home on the 4th of July! We had a very busy last half of July planned, so we enjoyed just being home together as a family for the 4th. The older kids each had a friend sleep over on the night of the 3rd (a big rarity around here...) and were in sleepover heaven.
We decked out the yard.
And got the kids in some serious patriotic gear.
I just love this crew!
No local parade (boo!) so we took the top off our jeep and rode around like we were in our own parade.
We went to Red Robin together and miraculously didn't destroy the place or have any screaming children. Success.
Our friends, the Carvers, invited us over for BBQ and fireworks that afternoon. My friend, Jen, knows how to through a major party. It was all magazine worthy...because it was an official shoot for a professional job she was doing. I was totally flattered to be able to head over a couple hours early to take all the professional photos of her amazing work. You can see a ton of them here. All photos by yours truly.
I just love this kid's enthusiasm!
And this one too!
After an awesome meal the kids spent about an hour launching and catching the parachute rockets. So fun.
And then started working on their bikes for our own 4th of July bike parade around the neighborhood. The kids just ate this up.
Then of course a couple hours of fireworks. Some of her neighbors spent some serious coin, and we all enjoyed quite a show (for free!) while we did hundreds of sparklers (I still have boxes left over).
We got home really late, exhausted from all the fun, but riding the high from a wonderful family and friend day. We are so blessed to live in and celebrate America!