The Family

The Family

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth Everyone!!!

Ah what a fabulous weekend it has been so far!  Everything you want your Fourth of July to consist of-- time with family, fun outdoors, fireworks, parades.... even some berry picking!

We have been enjoying a truly fun weekend and I hope your family can say the same.

We started off the holiday weekend with some blackberry picking.  Friends of ours from church own the most adorable place called Summerberry Farm with loads of thornless blackberry bushes.  Great fun for the kids, and for me!  In fact, a freshly baked blackberry pie just came out of my oven a few minutes ago.  Yum!!!

Our friends the Frenches who own this sweet little place are some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.  So glad this little gem of a place is so close by!

Standing in the shade for a spell.  It was HOT out there!

All those yummy ripe berries just waiting to be picked!

Just one of our EIGHT baskets of blackberries!

The gang's all here!!  (minus daddy)
We all wore our best clothes-- not!  Berry juice stains!  We learned that last year when we came picking.

Sweet Katerina helps run the farm along with her parents.

All loaded up and ready to go!

Well the next day was Saturday and we all rose early in the morning-- too early for my liking on a Saturday-- and headed into town for the annual Fourth of July Parade.  It was awesome, and although hot, we weren't melting away like we have in previous years.  Gideon determined at the end of the parade, that is was a pretty so-so experience for him.  I don't know if it is just that he isn't a parade type of guy, or if sitting out in the sun for that long didn't appeal to him much.  Heehee!

The start of the parade.  Even though we got there early there was nary a space to be had!

Never fails to make me cry when I see these brave men marching down our streets carrying these flags.  Every parade.  Every time. 
We should all count our blessings today that men and women like these are out there serving our country, helping us hold onto those freedoms we hold so dear.

There were some great floats!

A cool flyover by one of the biggest planes I have ever seen!

Evan's friend from soccer with his own float!

Just one of the many firetrucks that came to our rescue back in December when our house caught on fire!  Thank you thank you for your service!!

Oh Mama dear, why oh why do you keep taking pictures of me??

Me and my baby!

My handsome hubby!

Tim and I sporting our patriotic footwear.

You are never too old to have some fun and show some American spirit!

Let's all remember that our freedom isn't free.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!!
Stay safe and enjoy a fun weekend with family and friends.
We thank God for our family, for our newest blessing who is able now to enjoy all these holidays and "firsts" with us, and for our freedom.

God Bless America!

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