This is how we spent the day...
After the picnic we rode our bikes to the parade.
After the parade we took a much need rest.
Then we headed over to the Sampson's for a BBQ and a "camp out". We started the festivities as only you can in our state.... with POP ITS and ROCKET STREAMERS!
The Dads handled the grill...
(notice the football cradled in Aric's arms, now that is called multi-tasking man-style)
Aric and Mike playing catch.
Mike killing the ants with his mini air compressor.
Setting up camp...with lots of helpers.
S'mores for dessert of course!
(She can actually throw a spiral!)
After the fun we watched the fireworks and then headed back so the kids could get to sleep. Aric and Mike slept (sorta) in the tent with the kids, while Amy and I were cozy in our beds.
We had a GREAT fourth of July!
I recognize that all the freedoms that my family and I enjoy have come at a price....and still do. I am so grateful to have been born in the United States. The rights and privileges that I experience on a daily basis are not the norm throughout the world. The opportunity that I have to raise my children in relative peace and safety is such a blessing. I am so glad that we have a day that we get to celebrate our freedom and teach our children why we have it, so they won't take it for granted.
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring!