Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July Fun

Hello Blog world!!! Have you missed me???? I took some time away from the blog because we have been gone on family vacation. (a much needed vacation ) I will share pictures and all the details (including a trip to the ER) very soon.

We returned from vacation just in time to celebrate the 4th. We normally do not do much for the 4th (just a small cookout, swimming, a few fireworks) usually a lot smaller scale than we did this year. BUT this year I wanted to do a little more. WHY??? Because this is our LAST holiday together until Thanksgiving 2011! Yes, 2011! Thanks to deployment #3, we are going to miss a lot of holidays between now and Thanksgiving 2011 and I really wanted to make it special. Normally, I would have loved to hang out with friends and have a big get together, but I really just wanted to keep it small and intimate so we just had family over. It was perfect. The food was outstanding. The company was wonderful. And the fireworks were a hit.

Below are some pictures of our 4th:

Jack and Madi on the 4th



We cooked up a BIG spread of food to celebrate. Jason smoked 2 boston butts and grilled brats and hot dogs. Then we had cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, sauteed onions, watermelon, and a cake.

Jason, the kids, and my wonderful in-laws

Jackson with his sparkler

Granna and Madi with their sparkler

Jason, Zach and Jackson lighting some fireworks (no worries, it was completely safe and no one was hurt) (=

J and Madi lighting a firework (again, no worries, completely safe) (=

Madi sitting on Pops shoulders, ready for the show

Giving Pops a kiss

On the 5th, we went to my dad's for a cook-out and to swim. Below are some pictures.

Zachary, Jack, Madi, Lilly and Chase

My aunt, having way too much fun ;)

Jason doing tricks off the board.

My brother Kevin

My dad doing a trick...wonder if your hurting today dad???

The kids doing a big group jump.

Hope that everyone had a safe and happy 4th and took time to remember what we are celebrating =)



Shelly said...

I loved seeing all your photos of a great July 4th. It makes me look forward to next year that much more. Although I wish you could be together as family then too. It looks like you had a wonderful get together with family, and I just love seeing all the patriotic clothes and accessories everywhere.

Jenifer said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I know those memories will help sustain you when you need them most! Here's hoping November 2011 hurries up and arrives!

Lisa said...

2011...wow. I loved the pictures.

Lisa said...

2011...wow. I love the pictures. Looks like y'all had fun!

Crystal said...

Great pictures!! I love Madi's tutu! And that food looks yummy!! Can you believe I didn't take ONE picture all weekend?! What is wrong with me? So, I'm seriously thinking about putting the boys red, white and blue clothes back on and getting a picture this weekend... and just pretending it was taken on the 4th! Ha!

Jesse and Marissa said...

great photos!! love the little dress :)

Nancy said...

You always do it up right, Jess!
I'm so glad you had the best 4th.

Love the pictures!! Miss you!

Nancy said...

You always do it up right, Jess!
I'm so glad you had the best 4th.

Love the pictures!! Miss you!

Mrs. Wifey said...

Seems like fun! Your kids are real gorgeous, and those pool moves you captured are perfect. You must have have had so much fun. Cant wait to see the vacation pictures! I need one myself -:)

Crystal said...

Looks like a great time! Love your pics! That was definately a great decision to do the intimate family thing before he leaves. Best wishes to you, Jason and the kids!