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4th of July Girls ONLY

Of course I cannot resist sharing the very first holiday I have EVER spent girls only! I think we did a rather good job making memories and friends to remember. We were invited to a family and friends bbq by the mother of the bride from the wedding in June (her daughters are Renee – Chris’s wife and Karen – Cory’s new bride). Renee was a total sweetheart and though she had to miss it for a family reunion (Chris’ side) she helped coordinate our ride – Cory picked us up after work and drove the van so I didn’t have to show my ineptitude at moving Echo’s carseat to a new vehicle! YAY!

But first… Ken had slept the night here with his evening appointments and left in the morning… AFTER helping fill the pool with air and taking out the garbage of course! While he was doing that and collecting any last minute necessities of course we had to bring out the American flag garland and our thematically perfect red, white and blue paperchain for some very adorable July 4th pictures. Sadly you cannot see in the picture but I am also wearing a USA themed tank top I picked up at Walmart (oops…).101_8227

101_8229101_8233101_8235After the pictures it was time for the first of our special treats – ding-dongs.101_8237

We did a quick with Daddy photo before hugs and good byes and then the fun REALLY began!101_8238

All girls all day… so we… made sticker pictures with July 4th ants picnic stickers…101_8239

Watched the original My Little Pony videos (and then moved onto MOST of Mastermind the movie)…101_8240

We ALL coloured pictures… I got them through a subscription to the site Little Learning Lovies (here) as a freebie for subscribing.101_8241

10401959_10152555368776151_4722645217025226765_nThen after lunch in the sunroom of buns and apple slices we did a wee bit of our mail schoolwork… Trinity is determined to learn to tell time to receive the reward Gammie has promised her and Echo likes nothing better than doing her worksheets.101_8242

Around 3:30 Cory collected us and the van and it was time to head to the party.

We got there at the perfect time. The family we met at the groom’s dinner who have 3 girls right around our’s ages were in the pool with their mom so the girls got changed too and hopped in to play.101_8243

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A hill to dare devil drive down (which they ALL did successfully)…101_8246

And a delicious picnic dinner that included fruit and various salads and AMAZING chicken drumsticks all topped off with chocolate cake. Trinity cleaned her plate perfectly I was so proud!

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After dinner was s’mores… Echo let me have a few bites of hers. More visiting… and then…101_8250

Cory

Cory

SPARKLERS AND FIREWORKS!

Cory and Echo hanging out together

Cory and Echo hanging out together

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Karen

Karen

A new little girl - Chloe

A new little girl – Chloe

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This is Trinity with a sparkler and the camera set on Fireworks!

This is Trinity with a sparkler and the camera set on Fireworks!

We did not make it home until almost 11 o’clock. We had an amazing day, met tons of new people and played and ran and honestly had our best 4th of July yet (ok it IS our second but it was grand!).101_8293

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Happy Independence Day!

July 4

Our first living here in Minnesota! You can check out our original post HERE where I shared a couple pictures… now for the actual run down on how we celebrated!

Half and Halfers

Half and Halfers

With the playset moved to the backyard and into the grass the mosquitoes were a greater concern than on Canada Day. We replaced our Canadian decorations with American flags and paperchains made by the kids. Thank goodness for bug spray and the tripod!101_3153

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And then into the front yard for where our ornaments would stay on display for the day.101_3158

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Thanks to my pro button pushers for taking these with ME in them!

Thanks to my pro button pushers for taking these with ME in them!

101_3167We had time after that for some running around before packing everyone up for a run to the lake. Our first of the year. Sadly the lake I had planned to go to was blocked off by the remnants of a parade… but we did make it to the lake we visited most often LAST summer.101_3173

101_3177101_3183101_3185I got a chance to wear the new swimsuit (please ignore the shoes… I totally hate the idea of leeches and at least they matched colours). I need to work on Victory Rolls for the hair !!!

I promise better pics soon!

I promise better pics soon!

photo (82)The kids had a blast, even Echo eventually ventured into the water!101_3201

We came home in time to have a light late lunch and shower off…101_3205

Then back into our red, white and blue (or is that blue, white and red???)…

Red white and blue (note the blue and white bow)

Red white and blue (note the blue and white bow)

and a hop skip and a jump over to Bree and Scott’s to spend quality time with Quinn and Lily.

Lily B

Lily B

101_3224Ice cream Sundays for the win… add in Phineas and Ferb and the kids were over the moon.

Toppings

Toppings

101_3214101_3212Then home to bed… fireworks are not major for us. The kids thought our day was amazing! And that was more than enough for me. Happy Independence Day!

Happy July 4th...

Happy July 4th…