July 4th, 2012

Our day started off with a hail storm. Right around 6:30.  Of course, it woke up Maria who has her ears on for any sound of bad weather, 24 hours a day.  She was content though to snuggle in our bed until about 7:30 though.

Our morning was spent distracting the kids and getting things set up for our annual party.  Charlie went down for an early nap and I convinced Maria just to lay down and rest. She fell asleep for about 10 minutes, but then again was woke up by the sirens (first Wednesday of the month, 1 pm). So then I spent another 10 minutes convincing her it was just a test, even though we know they worked because they went off 2 days earlier.

Our guests started arriving right around 1:30. We hit the backyard and the new pool by 2:15.  And this is the only picture I took during the party.  At least it’s cute and catches the mood of the day!

4th of July

We had a great spread (thanks to everyone that brought food!) And a good party. No one got too hot and everyone had plenty to eat!

After our guests left and the house/yard was put back in a little bit of order, we went over to the neighbor’s party.  We came home for baths around 8, but never made it back. Maria talked herself out of fireworks and then after stories, laid in bed fearful and in tears that the loudness of the fireworks was going to make it into our house. Poor girl! Although she did see some of the action from her bed through her window, she fell asleep with headphones listening to lullabies on the iPod. Charlie slept through every single firework.

I took them both to daycare/preschool today and all Maria talked about was how excited she is for next year to see the pretty fireworks.  🙂  It’s funny how she remembers things.

4th of July

We had a very nice 4th of July. We like to host a grill-out potluck with family and friends. We had the perfect turnout this year, not too big, and not too small. I was able to thoroughly enjoy myself and get out of the kitchen. All the kids got to go swimming in the inflatable pools. The weather was perfect and it was just great.

After our guests left, we headed over to the neighbors picnic.  Now they had a spread!!!  wow!!  Maria enjoyed the finger jello the best!  Don’t need those teeth for jello!

We brought Maria home and Chad went out to watch the neighbors’ fireworks show from our front yard. Unfortunately they got shut down this year by the police.  😦  Too bad, because every other year has been amazing!!  It definitely rivaled the city’s show!

Yesterday we headed to our friend Abby’s 2nd birthday party.  It was fun to see friends, and Maria being the show-off that she is turning out to be took about 3 steps all on her own!  Which was completely appropriate since Abby took her first steps at our house last year on the 4th!

Here are some pictures from Friday:

Maria started out in her little pool


But then moved up to the big pool with the big kids. Here she is with Grace.


Grandma blew bubbles at the kids, and Maria would shut her eyes when they came close.



Keeping up with cousins Jana and Luke


In her new chair!