Yesterday was the 4th of July. We had a pretty laid back day. And that was fine with us. In the morning we went to the ward breakfast. The girls loved the slip and slide. And decorating their bikes for the bike parade...which I didn't get a picture of. (typical) Right after that Macie went to her swim lesson, she is making a lot of progress. She went up a level in just two weeks, she was really excited to ring the bell again and get a new blue ribbon. She used to be so afraid of her eyes and face going in the water, but she practices on her own now putting her eyes in the water, I love seeing her new found confidence. Speaking of Macie, she is eating an ice cream bar for breakfast as I speak. Wow. My kids could get away with murder at this point because of the effort it requires for me to do pretty much anything.
Anyway, the rest of the afternoon we cleaned, then napped, and then took the kids to see Fireworks out at Shnepf farms. But we were too late to get into Shnepf farms (that was a shocker) so we just parked our car close by and watched from a dirt turn off. Which actually worked out pretty well. We got sundaes and powerade from McDonalds, so the kids were satisfied. And then they fell asleep on the way home, but of course woke up as soon as we got home. It was a nice day.
Last week was also my brother and my Dad's birthday, and Tyler had his missionary homecoming. No pictures of any of that. We had a good time visiting with family after attending church to hear Tyler speak. Later that evening we went to my Dad's house to eat hot dogs and cake for Adam's birthday. We played a couple games. Dad was still in Colorado. I guess it was our chance to relive our lost youth and have a party at the house without any parental supervision. It was a really wild party. We even got the ice cream out.
Dad's birthday was July 2nd and the girls were really excited to decorate, so I took them to Party City where they picked out some balloons (which more than half popped on Dad's stupid popcorn ceiling), and some streamers. They picked out rainbow streamers and Chelsey and the girls put them up around his house in random and funny ways. Then we ordered some take out Mexican food and we played some Wii Party games and had cake. I don't know how my Dad felt about, he is usually content to let the day pass without any sort of celebration, but my girls are excited for any sort of party.