Saturday, July 4, 2009


Happy Birthday America!

This is our family right before we left to go to Crockett Park for the Fireworks Extravaganza! Thank goodness we took pictures before we left because as soon as we got to the park it started to rain (and, of course, the "Monica" hair made an appearance)! Not to mention, the boys' t-shirts were bound to get dirty at the park (aren't they the cutest shirts?!)!

We started off the day hanging by the pool. After a fun night the night before (hanging with neighbors and playing Wii till 11 p.m. -- the girls beat the pants off of the men in bowling), the only energy we could muster was to hang by the pool!

Palmer had the right idea...relax!

This is our 3rd year of going to Crockett Park. This was our 1st year hanging with our neighbors. We've got this great little group of friends. We hang at the pool. We have cookouts. We go to Sunday in the Park. We watch fireworks together. Half of our group was out of town, but the rest of us enjoyed the fireworks show -- the picture below is just a sampling of the kids. Add about 10 more and that makes up the kids in our group!

This is Peyton and his girlfriend, Emma. They are unseparable when together. It's really cute! She's cute!

The picture below is now one of my favorites! Palmer was tired, but completely enamored with the fireworks. He was REALLY excited to see them. Of course, it did help that they moved up the fireworks showing by about an hour (due to the rain). Sadly, he was so tired, I'm not sure if he would have made it to see the fireworks!

I say it all the time, but seeing the beauty of the fireworks reminded me of how blessed we are to live in America! How blessed we are to have a beautiful, healthy family. Wonderful jobs. Great friends. A God that loves us and blesses us each and everyday!

God Bless America!

TRULY BLESSED to celebrate freedom on this 4th of July 2009,

PS...This 4th of July meant more to us than others, as we are so blessed to have my brother home from the war where he was fighting for our freedom -- he celebrated the 4th at Disney World. Too funny!