INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND

This summer is flying by and I have yet to figure out how it is July but the fireworks in the sky all weekend tell me it is! We started off our wonderful Independence weekend with our kids favorite visitors, Uncle Josh and soon-to-be "Aunt" Kelcey :) The highlight of my weekend was definitely hearing Maddie say "Uk-le Jou-sh" because it is just the cutest thing ever! These two are the best sports around my kids and spoil them with so many hugs and kisses and all the pretend-play the kids ask for! And they even brave letting the kids chalk-art-trace-them, which can be a little dangerous (i.e. chalk in the eye, trip over your face - just to name a few examples!)... see below.
I seriously think this weekend was the best weekend of Tate's life. So many adventures were had, so much sugar consumed, so many people to entertain!!
Saturday morning we ventured downtown to Smale Park for a nice picnic by the river and carousel rides until we were sick in the face. I swear every time we go to this park/area I discover a new little area we have never seen. And what's more fun than exploring your city with visitors?!
^^Per Maddie's request she wanted to ride the "hop, hop."
This little man was a champ all weekend. Every night he was kept out WAY past his bedtime and naps were sporadic if they even happened! Oh the life of a third child... 
Saturday evening we went exploring along the Little Miami river. Sometimes I do not even know why we have toys because my kids could just throw rocks in the river for hours and hours of entertainment! And when you are by the bike trail you have to get shaved ice!!
Sunday afternoon we drove up to Columbus to visit and meet my cousin's new baby Mr. Finn! I suppose we also went up to visit other family members but once you have a new baby around they kind of trump everyone else, right?! :) He is just the cutest little thing and makes me wonder where my tiny baby went?
^^One of my few Pinterest wins this year!!
^^ Cousins meeting!

Somehow on Monday I managed to capture zero pictures. We spent the morning at a rainy parade - but the kids were able to see Anna and Batman (I think Tate has mentioned he saw Batman yesterday at least 100 times today!!). And then the remainder of the afternoon was spent BBQ-ing with Geoff's parents and celebrating the 4th with good food, great family and lots of tired eyes as this weekend totally wiped me! 

I may or may not have been able to stay awake for fireworks last night (I hear they will be doing the same thing next year! :) but Geoff took Tate to a near by show and all morning Tate has been walking around the house shouting "boom! boom!" and making firework motions. I think he thoroughly enjoyed it! 

I am so incredibly thankful for all that are and have served our country to allow us to have the freedoms and rights we are blessed to have here. I am so grateful for all my wonderful family and friends that enrich my life and help me to be a better person. I had the best weekend and want to press repeat for all future weekends ahead :) 

Happy fourth of July everyone :) 





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