Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July Fun

David and I have just returned from a quick 3 day trip to visit Eric and Jane and Charlie and Miles for the 4th of July. It is so much fun to be in a small town type of setting where there is a local parade
and then a picnic to attend.
Before we could walk to the parade however, there was work to be done...
A bike to decorate...



and hats to try on....






Almost everyone got into the 4th of July "hat mode"...


(That is our DIL Jane in the foreground...do you think she's wearing those dark glasses so that
 no one knows she's with the crazy woman wearing the sparkler headband???)
On with the parade...


After we marched in 90-degree weather for a while..we returned
home and some commenced to their favorite pastime together...
 
Other activities during our visit included a big water gun fire truck wash and some squirting each other... 



and then more of this activity...


On Tuesday, Aunt Michelle came for a visit...


Always a good sport, she played games and read books..

We packed a lot of fun into those few days...grabbed as many hugs and kisses as we could to last a while...
(Yes, I was there too. It's just hard to get in the photos when you're the one working the camera)
We love you sweet boys!

Be back soon!
xoxo
Joyce





23 comments:

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Wow! I was trying to pick a favorite photo, but there were way too many cute ones, Joyce! You did a great job recording the visit. Love the headband and the hats! And the band! And decorating the bike! Too cute!

Jenny's Heart said...

What a wonderful way to spend the 4th! What memories to cherish and your photos say it all!
AND I love the sparkler headband....lol

marie said...

It's quite obvious that a grand time was had by all. Miles is such a cutie and I laughed out loud at the photo of him wearing the hat! Charlie has the most wonderful smile ~ I've loved watching the changes in him. He's definitely a big boy now. Where has the time gone!?

I love that you all have fun together...both playing and the all important resting too! I haven't been to a 4th of July parade since my children were little...I need to track one down around here for next year. I would love to do a little bike decorating with my little ones!

By the way - you look good with sparklers on your head!

woodandfabric said...

So Wonderful Photos!! I'm happy that you had a great time over there! There is at least one photo proving you were there! LOL
Michelle *Ü*

Sandy Michelle said...

Great pix! Looked like a lot of fun! Your grand babies are too cute! I especially love the photo of Pops and baby crashed out on the couch..lol!

Sandy xox

My Vintage Mending said...

Oh how I miss a good bike parade. The kiddos always loved decorating for that. Nice to see you all had a relaxing time...smiles...Renee

lynn said...

what a wonderful weekend with family! love the pics, joyce:)

My Crafty Little Page said...

Good Morning Joy - Such a beautiful family and wonderful pictures. I'm so glad to see you out and about after your long recovery.
I know Elizabeth said to just make one tag but I'm still making two if you're still up for the swap. Seems like the only papercraft I've gotten done lately is the tag so I'm one who needs a deadline I guess.
Hope you're having a wonderful summer. xoxo Nancy

Suz said...

Joyce,
That was the sweetest bunch of pictures from your gradkids to your dil to your dear husband. He looks like a terrific granddad. I agree, small town fourth is the very best!
Big hugs,
Suz

LaurieStar said...

What adorable photos! I love the ones of your hubby with the boys. Wonderful! And I love bike decorating! A great way to include everyone in the parade - even your wagon was red and blue! :)

Patti said...

Spending time with grandkids is always the best. I would love to be part of a 4th of July parade. How FUN!!!

Rebecca said...

Here here on the camera taking thing!!!!! I'm rarely in the pics because I'm always the one snapping away!

This was a precious time for you no doubt. My hubby is from a small Nebraska town but they don't do parades. Not anymore anyway. Still...seeing the red/white/blue wave everywhere was thrilling!

xo~Rebecca

Kim said...

Hello sweet lady! I'm here from another blog - you made her a beautiful banner. I was wondering if you sell them? I'm looking to buy one for outdoors. You are super-talented! I'm also a new follower to your delightful blog. Pop over for a visit sometime.
xoxo,
Kim

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What great pictures Joyce. My favorite is Grandpa asleep with the little one. Reminds my of my husband and little grandsons. You have a lovely family and I can tell they bring you a lot of joy. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Abby

Cheryl said...

OH how blessed you are to have such a wonderful family... those photos are just toooooooooo precious!!! Lucky girl!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It doesn't get any better than that! What great pictures....By the way, who was the crazy lady with the sparkly headband LOL!

Carol

Jane said...

Hi Joyce,
What a wonderful time you all had. The kids are adorable! Looking at those pictures has me wondering who was having more fun....the little kids or the big kids :)
Jane

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What darling photographs of a joyous Fourth!!! My favorite was of Charlie with his arm around little brother, Miles. Soooo precious.
So glad you had a wonderful visit. : )
xoxo,
Mary Lou

Creative Breathing said...

Absolutely priceless photographs Joyce! The one of the two "fellas" asleep is beyond sweet. These truly are our glory days! Elizabeth

NanE said...

Joyce!!! It's been so long since I've visited with you! The pics of your family are just wonderful and those babies will never forget decorating their bikes with you. I love your new background and your 4th of July banner in the previous post is awesome, as usual!
Thanks for leaving such sweet comments about my studio, it never usually looks that organized, lol! Did you notice the banner you made for me hanging on the bookshelf? I didn't realize I had hung it so crooked until I saw the pics on my blog. It's such a nice reminder of one of my favorite bloggy friends. Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Swinging back by to tell you where the Woody Car came from. It was either TJMaxx or Ross a couple of years ago.
Your comment made me smile. Thank you for your enthusiastic reaction. It made me happy because I thought you would get a kick out of it. :-D

Luciana - Mimos da Claralú! said...

Hi Joyce! I found your blog through the Sweet Dream Cottage, and I really enjoyed, especially their scrapbookings, beautiful!
I'm following you.
I'm from Brazil, do not speak much English, so I use the Google translator, if you have written something wrong, forgive me.
When you can, pay a visit to my blog, I'll be very honored and happy!
God bless you!
xoxoxox
Luciana
www.mimosdaclaralu.blogspot.com

Diane Mars said...

What a beautiful Holiday, nothing better then spending time with loved ones. Thanks for sharing your story about your paper dolls, I know what you mean we had a folder of some of our very favorite paper dolls and I sure would like to find them... well our hunt continues. LOL Hugs, Diane

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