Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Independence Day

We were invited to a friend's lake house to celebrate Independence Day this year. What a blast! We spent the day enjoying the lake, the perfect weather and great company. We swam, went out on the wave runner, took the kids on the conoe and the paddle boat and went tubing! We had a fantastic dinner and watched some amazing fireworks!
Getting used to the water with daddy's help
Showing off her "Minja turtle" life jacket
Maddy was in LOVE with jumping off the dock!
Off she goes!
 She's getting so big! She'd paddle back to Jospeh and then do it all over again.
Ben liked the set up because he could wade into the warm water without waves crashing on him, or the bottom dropping from underneath him.
About to take the kids out on the paddle boat!!
Having a great time together
Poor Ben, tired and hungry!
After we filled up on hotdogs, watermelon and other goodies, we were ready for fireworks!
Ben's first time with a sparkler... I. was. Scared.
Daddy showing the kids how its done!
He's got the hang of it now!
I'm not too sure how impressed Sarah was...
Maddy waved it around like a crazy girl. Are we surprised? Nope.
Getting ready for the real firework show
We got to watch two firework shows. The one that White Lake puts on across the lake, and the one our friends were putting on. What a great night!
Roman candles while we wait
Mommy and Sarah enjoying the show
Of course I didn't catch the truely awesome ones, but let me just say it was the best firework show I've witnessed.
Maddy plugged her ears the entire time, but hey, she stayed for all of the fireworks. Usually Joseph has to take her inside. WIN!!
"I loved them!!" She declared
Ben was scared, he buried his head into my chest and fell asleep
Their happy dance.
What a great time we had!  We look forward to next year!
 I love celebrating the day we declared Independence, and I am very grateful to all who have given their lives as well as those who are sacrificing today for our freedom.

Day at the River! -July 4th weekend-

 Time once again for the Thompson family get together at the River! We love hanging out with family and celebrating Independence Day!
We had a heat advisory... but decided splashing in the river would be a great way to spend the day.
 Sarah was so excited to be in the water- especially in a life jacket!
Maybe one day we'll get a hold of a life jacket that actually fits Joseph!
Playing in the river with the cousins
 Getting ready for a boat ride!
 Swimming with Daddy
 Ben did NOT like to be in the water... He only likes the bathtub. So when I put him in, he just screamed for Uncle Ryan who was on the dock. Poor kid. We got him out and he pretended to drive the boat instead.
Enjoying the shade of the canopy as we waited to go ride down the river
Sweet Gracie comforting Ben. These two are too cute.
Why doesn't Ben ever want to take a picture with me?
Enjoying the river
Debating if he wants to jump off the dock. (Joseph, NOT Ben)
Daddy and Maddy cheesing it up
 Driving the boat!! She looks forward to this each year!

Sweet Squazzle Bazzle and Mommy
Roating in the sun. It was SO hot!
Joseph and I had fun jumping off the dock into the river. Maddy would jump off the back of the boat, but she wasn't ready for the dock.
We had a great meal, and a wonderful time with family. We always love heading to Georgetown to hang out wtih the Thompson family.

Happy Birthday Benjamin!

Our Sweet Benjamin is TWO!! His birthday was back in July, but I am just now getting a chance to update this blog.
We just had a little party with family with some cake and ice cream. Ben loved it.
 Trying to get his balloons
His Train cake
Close up of the cake... 
 I was so proud of it! Ben really seemed to like it too.
Enjoying cake and ice cream
Ben got a new trike from Grandmama and Granddaddy. He pretty much lived on it his whole party.
He even ate cake and ice cream while on it. (I think he knew his sisters would want to "share")
A snap shot of some of the gang that came to celebrate
 Grandmama and Granddaddy
Opening presents!
His new "helicopidopter"
Mommy and the birthday boy!! (he was not loving this kodak moment)
After having fun with family and playing with presents Ben decided to sit and enjoy some cake. And boy did he...
Happy Birthday sweet boy. We are so glad you are in our family!!