Monday, July 7, 2014

Independence Day Week

Here are some things we did last week to celebrate our nation's birthday, and the beautiful summer weather that is coming and going every day.  

Eloise climbed higher than she has ever gone at the playground.  
 I needed a plaid shirt for girls' camp, and we stumbled upon half price day at the thrift store, so Eloise got one, too.
 My young women went on a hike.  Jared and Eloise played at a friend's house,
 and B came with me.  He is so stinking adorable.
Can I get an "Awwwwwww"?
The heat made me lazy, so we ate out a couple of times.  We took one restaurant dinner to St. Edward State Park as a picnic.  
 We ate at McDonald's on another day. *Gag*  B discovered ketchup, and his fries and hamburger were forgotten.
 On the fourth of July, we went to O.O. Denny Park in the morning for our ward's pancake breakfast.  When the sun finally made it over the trees, we waded.
 Shadow chased sticks in the water until she found a photo shoot in the park more interesting, had to be leashed, and moped for the rest of the time.
 Grandpa Michael was in town for a couple of days.  B held his hand.  This is not a small thing for him right now.  Maybe it is a sign that his shy phase is passing.
 This is what fireworks looked like:
 For some reason, lots of people were setting off fireworks in the park that we chose as our fireworks watching point.  This was illegal, and very stressful to Shadow, who we brought along.  A firework set off less than a hundred yards from us scared a very tired Eloise, and we decided to go home before the sun even set.  It was raining intermittently anyway.

On the fifth of July, we took a picnic and drove to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.  Jared loved seeing his grandpa point out landmarks from his childhood.  As soon as we reached the park, we realized that the entrance to the park is right next to the Vashon Island Ferry.
 We walked on for the short crossing to the island and then back to the peninsula for a picnic.
 Grandpa loves ferries as much as these children do.
After all of the ferry fun, B napped during the picnic, and Eloise slept all of the way home.  It was a fun outing.

In the evening, Todd and I met some friends at Benaroya Hall in Seattle (where the Seattle Philharmonic Symphony performs) to hear the Ensign Chorus and Symphony performing patriotic music with Alex Boye.  It was a great concert AND all three kids were good for the babysitter.  It was kind of a fourth of July miracle.

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