Sunday, July 05, 2009

4th of July

We had the best 4th of July EVER!  Lots of pictures below and some commentary as to what we did.  Ryan, Courtney, Dave and Opa ran the annual 10K and did really well.  Courtney finished 7th out of 52 (age bracket).  Ryan left for the Palisades early and I headed up when the kids woke up.  I dropped Amelia off with Oma (Teddy also stayed with Oma) and took the big kids to cheer everyone on.  Here they are all loaded up ready to go.  They were quite a load (including the one in the belly) to push but we made it with time to spare.  

Where are they?  They sat patiently on the curb waiting for mom, dad (both Dave and Ryan) and opa to run by.  Luckily, they only had to wait about 10 minutes before we saw them!

Keep on going, you're almost done!!!!

Good job Dad!
After the race, we all headed back to Oma and Opa's house for breakfast.  We hung out, kids played and we geared up for the parade!

The Little gang on our way with beer in the cooler and kids in strollers/backpacks!

Amelia was ready to go with her mardi gras beads on!

The whole family

Jeremy needed Ryan's sunglasses to see since the sun was so bright.  It was hard to spot the divers at first but once they got closer, he was locked in.

Skydivers start off the parade.  4 of them jumped and they all came in and landed very fast.  The kids loved it.

All the kids behaved so well.  They all sat and watched almost 2 hours of the parade. There were fire trucks, horses, bands, bagpipers, local floats and lots of cars.  

The whole clan

Amelia pointed ALL afternoon!  She even said, "hi" every time she saw a horse or dog!

Best Buds

During the parade, the cowboy asked if anyone wanted to get roped?  Georgia did and thought it was fun to have the rope spinning around her!

After the parade, we went home and put some of the kids down for a nap so they could be awake for the fireworks.  While they slept, the adults enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the patio drinking and snacking.  Once the kids were up, we had burgers, hot dogs and ribs that Dave and Christian grilled on the BBQ.  Yummy.  We put Teddy and Amelia down for bed at 8 and then headed to Palisades High School for the fireworks show.

There were a couple live bands to entertain us while we waited and entertain they did.  Jeremy, Cece, Georgia and Kira danced right in front of the stage and Jeremy was in awe part of the time.

After the show ended we headed to Oma and Opa's to pick up Amelia.  Both kids stayed awake the whole drive (Jeremy saw and looked for more fireworks the entire way home) It was a great day!!!!!  Jeremy couldn't stop talking about the fireworks and both fell dead asleep when we got home.  Oh yeah, they both slept until 8:30 this morning!!!!!
Happy 4th!!!!!!


Meinhardt Family said...

What a fun day and love the pics! That's a cool firework pic.

Meinhardt Family said...

Jeremy and I were just looking at the blog together. I didn't notice little J staring at the guy on stage the first time I saw that pic. So cute!

the gerbdrians said...

holy post. i love it. you're raising the bar.