On Thursday afternoon we headed to Cherokee to spend the long 4th of July weekend with my sister, brother, mom and families. It was a fairly uneventful trip on the way up, minus some road side stops. The joy of having boys! Or a mom that can pop-a-squat about anywhere. ;)
Thursday night was pretty relaxed. We ordered pizza, had a crazy dodge ball fight in the basement, which somebody declared the worst idea ever and Justin said it was, "the best idea ever!" It was crazy with balls flying everywhere, but hilarious and nobody got hurt, so always a good thing.
Friday we got the troops out the door and headed to Storm Lake for their parade. If you grow up in Armstrong, Iowa, you HAVE to go to a parade on the 4th of July. It just feels incredibly wrong if you don't. It's my favorite of all 4th of July traditions. A nice lady sitting next to us offered to take this group photo.
Team sparkle: Aunt Mandy and Jenna
Mr. McCoy, proudly waving his flag during the parade.
On our way out of town we had to stop at Walgreens for some Blake supplies. Aaron spotted a kid selling sweet corn. The conversation went like this:
Aaron: Is that sweet corn for sale over there?
Me: Um...it looks like it.
Aaron: We have to go buy some. It is un-American to not buy sweet corn on the 4th of July if sweet corn is available.
Me: Ok, then. :)
Maddox liked it too. That face...haha.
We were outside pretty much the whole entire weekend. Jess and Mitch have this rope in their tree and Mitch was doing flips.
Then Justin gave it a try. Jess, Mandy and I all did too. Although we couldn't do it. UGH. I will spare you the pictures of that!!
How about this kid? Blakers has had his abdominal muscles cut through about 152 times and look at him working the abs! Amazing.
Fireworks to end the 4th...
Saturday it was the girls' turn (Mandy, Jess, Jenna and me) to have a little time to themselves. We hit up Cherokee's Main Street for some shopping and breakfast. Have you ever been to Main Street in Cherokee? They have some super cute shops! We had to stop at a bakery. I love that smell of a bakery, there's just nothing like it!
After lunch, it was time to hit up the Cherokee Aquatic Center. I didn't bring my good camera and am totally kicking myself about it. I took a couple photos with my phone.
Bowen is an absolute fish and loves the water! Jenna conquered her fears of going down the big slide. And...so did her mom, along with going off the high dive (10 feet, but STILL). I'm not sure who had more fun...the kids or the adults?!
Group photo time:
And, a goofy one because why not?!
We wanted to do a cool photo where you spell words out. I looked up how to set your camera, Aaron read through it and figured it out. Here's what we got:
How cool are these?!
Saying our good-byes on Sunday.