On Independence Day, Jason and I offered to host his Mom's annual picnic at our house instead of a park this year. It just seemed easier for most people this way. I think it turned out nicely and it sure was great to not be as hot since it was in the evening, have privacy and restrooms, have an escape indoors for his sick dad and elderly grandma, and not go early to save seats. I had balloons to lead the way and everyone seemed to have fun! It sure was longer than usual, so I think it was successful.
|Dirty feet = fun|
|Jason, his brothers and his aunt|
|Jason and his brother, Todd|
|Jumping with the girls|
|Laura loves her Rylie and did a performance with her for all of us|
That night when everyone left, we lit off some small fireworks and played with sparklers.
But, the highlight of the celebrations (for me) came 2 days later when we went to the symphony and fireworks at Thanksgiving point with my folks! The girls tried out all sorts of instruments beforehand and Sara loved the cello. Eliza danced her heart out to patriotic music. We all loved the fireworks and outdoor atmosphere. We will definitely be going again next year!