First, we had our maiden camping voyage at a State Park. (Note to self: state parks are full of pretty much trees and mosquitoes. Seek out more adventurous, interesting destinations soon). We did well as first-timers and had Jamie and Olivia join us for one of the two nights, which was a riot!
Then, there was the 4th of July. This could almost be my favorite holiday! Maybe it's because it's mid-summer. Maybe it's because everyone celebrates it, but it's just a fun one! We had a great time with our tradition of Fox Fourth camp out. A bounce house, lawn games, parade and fireworks...this time with our own camper in attendance!
|Centered around the bonfire!|
|The girlies in the bounce house|
|Ready for the candy-throwing parade!|
Next, we had a visit from the Helds...my uncle Jim and his kids from Austin, Texas. The kids love to get together and are instant pals when they do!
|One of the many gatherings (photo missing David)|
|Spent some quality time shootin' guns, driving the go-cart and more lawn games.|
|Visiting prerequisite: eating at Lou Malnati's|
|Not gonna lie...They liked the crashes the best!|
|Family party in the kiddie pool! (Perfect for Olivia to test her swimming skills)|
|This is the perfect visual depiction of how Will feels about all things birthday.|
|Cubs! (We won't mention the score)|
We've also had some time to play baseball and volleyball in the backyard on slower evenings. The kids and I finally got a day in at the public pool. Cole has started flag football (see also: mouth guards...why they're cool if they're for football). And we finally have more of a vacation camping trip up to South Haven, Michigan planned! Despite the fact that we went school supply shopping today, we are STILL soaking in summer!