Posted by: Tricia | July 6, 2009

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

We celebrated Independence Day in style this year, complete with a neighborhood parade and a family cookout with hot dogs and homemade ice cream!  David and I topped off the night with a kid-free date night that included dinner, fireworks, and a movie!  It was a hot day, but we enjoyed celebrating our country with some of our closest friends!

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The parade was awesome!  There was so much candy flying from the people riding in the cars that we had to dodge a stray piece more than once!

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Everywhere we looked we saw red, white, and blue!

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The firetruck was a big hit with the kids!

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After the parade we walked back to the Downings’ to fill our tummies!  Elliott was the last one to finish eating…in fact, he ate an entire hot dog!  I could not believe my eyes!

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The kids played while the grown-ups got to talk.

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And, of course we had to attempt a group shot of all of the kids…it gets harder and harder the older they get!  I crack up every time we try to do it.  11 kids, countless tears, a few escapees…

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…and this is the best shot we got.

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Some homemade ice cream and a hug was all he needed,

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and Mr. E was all smiles again.

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What a great day!  Hope your Fourth was as happy as ours was!

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Responses

  1. What a gorgeous picture of you and David at the end! Looks like a fun day!

  2. I also just noticed my “icon” or “blavatar” or whatever you call the thing that shows up when one leaves a comment, and I could just die! Ugh! That has to be Luke’s doing. 🙂 I’ll have to have him change that asap! It’s the creepy, floating-head, cartoon Krista…

    • You’re funny! I think it’s a great picture…and I had no idea that they were called “blavatars”. You are a blogging queen!

  3. What fun! Y’all had such a full day of festivities!

    I’m so glad you and David got to top it off with a date. And you, my dear, are just gorgeous! Love ya!

  4. I think they are called “Gravatars” and Mike set mine up too, but he let me pick the photo.

    Great photos from a great day!


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