Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fourth of July!

Six years of living in Phoenix and not a single 4th of July here. Yep, we seem to always make our way out to see family over the Fourth. We've had our share of patriotic holidays in Chicago, Atlanta and good old Salt Lake City. But, this year soon to be born baby girl made sure that we were home for the first time ever to celebrate with friends, food and fireworks and we're so glad we did!

Thanks to our great friends the Knueppel's, we were able to have a mini Anthem vacation. We watched fireworks the night of the 3rd and spent the night. The next morning we lounged around in our pj's until about noon and let the kids run wild in the backyard. Seriously, best day ever!
Ben teaching the kids how to slip n' slide expert style.

Surprisingly my water shy Braelyn caught on pretty fast . . .

. . . and couldn't get enough of the fun.

These two sure do love each other.

Maybe a little too much. This time Braelyn was the one getting a little frisky. After the first kiss she kept asking Drew for more. We need to keep our eyes on these two love birds!

After a relaxing day we headed back home to Gilbert where we put on our own little family fireworks show. I have to admit we know Braelyn hates fireworks, but we just couldn't pass up the tradition. The only reason she is smiling in this picture is because she has absolutely no idea what is about to take place.
We told her that daddy had a surprise waiting for her outside. So we set up the blanket and got comfy.

Bahahahahahaha! Am I an awful mom?! I can't help but get a kick out of this picture. She hid behind me the whole time. Once they were all over she says, "I like the pretty colors, but the fireworks are too loud!" Well, there's always next year.

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