We celebrated America in a big way over the weekend. Celebrating Independence Day deserves more than just a small party, so we started on the 3rd of July by taking Haven to fireworks after service. We were sans Jude. With us not knowing how he'd react this year (you may recall last year was not a success in the firework department), we thought it best to send him to his Mamaw's. The fireworks were fantastic (thank you, Dayton, OH), but just being with our friends made the night all the more amazing.
We began the 4th by taking some family pictures. Matt used to work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and received a more-than-gigantic American flag that had been retired. He decided that he would hang the flag this year in front of the house. It was larger than our house and totally in the holiday spirit. We took a few pics in front of it and the sun decided to add some flares to a few of our pics, but we rather liked their festive look.
(yes, the union should is displayed on the left... we were on the reverse side because of the wind)
We then ventured out to a couple parties for the afternoon on the fourth. First, we went to my Uncle Jeff & Aunt Mary's house for a family cookout. We had such a relaxing time with our family & the food was out of this world. The downfall was I only managed to get a couple iPhone photos from that event. Afterwards, we went to our friends' house Kent and Kandy Keller for their annual firework show. This one we decided to let Jude in on. ;) There were so many friends to catch up with in attendance and Jude had too much fun pretending to drive their golf cart, hunting lightning bugs with Papaw, and playing with sparklers. The fireworks seem to only get better with each passing year at the Keller's. Jude got a little scared (could've been something to do with the fact that we felt like we were practically right under them), but nothing like in the past...so we are chalking it up as a success.
We ended the weekend with a celebration of freedom at church. Again, I only brought out my iPhone, so the pictures are not that great in quality, but wow, what an amazing day. Our church service reflected on historic times that led us to the freedom we our privileged to enjoy in our country. Then, we had a potluck feast followed by a water slide, corn hole tournament, bouncy house, children's race, and softball. We forgot all about nap time and played until our hearts were content. Like I said, we celebrated in a big way. We hope you had a great weekend too.