For the Fourth

Oh say! The Fourth of July is always so nostalgic. I love it. This year proved to be filled with wonder for my kids, and we just had a dazzlingly good time.

We Henrys decided to host a funnel cake partay with our Grow Group on Tuesday night and shoot off some works in our finally-coming-together backyard. I fried up 20 cakes and we had some great toppings supplied and meaningful conversations throughout the evening. WOO! It was so fun! Thank you for appeasing my party planning brain and joining us, friends!

On the real holiday, we woke up and sped on out to the in-laws’ house to play with their new batch of seven kittens for the morning. That Evie is in love with those kittens. Olie even warmed up to them and was wanting to pick them up (and forcibly set them down too…). We had a great time! Annual kid photos too. Such a pretty, festive place y’all have, Janine!

We had a lazy afternoon waiting for the evening. Evie and I played Pictureka and giggled a lot. She learned that America is 242 years old, and I think it finally sank in that the Fourth of July is a birthday party for the whole country. I learned that she is quite partial to “Party in the U.S.A”. We listened to it on repeat for like two hours. It really just left me wondering what Britney song was on at the club that night.

After naps, we hit up a friend party for a teensy little bit, and then landed for dinner at my parents’ place. Too much food. Homemade ice cream. Lots of peeps. Lots of pops and bangs. Glow sticks were an amazing hit with little kids. Both of our tikes stayed up until 10:30 (a first for Olan!). Both of them also slept until 7:30, which may sound horrible to you pansies out there, but I was praisin’ the Laud.

Here’s to the land of the free!

Cousins of 2018

Our annual cousin photos… here are a few of the highlights! They’ve come a long way since 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017!

Harvest Seasonings

The memory of wheat harvest is a relatively new one for me… I would go out and hang in the combine with Logan many moons ago in high school and college, but we’ve probably had a solid ten year break from the scene. The last few years we’ve made it a tradition to have a meal in the field and take a few pictures of the kids whilst wallowing in the beautiful Kansas scenery. I squeezed both kids into last year’s overalls and off we went! Evie was enamored with picking the wheat out of the already harvested tracks and we made lots of wheat bouquets with “Farmer Steve” (Great Uncle Steve was a good sport). Olan was smitten with the machinery. That kid’s got farm boy written in his DNA I’m afraid. Ha ha!

What a unique experience these kiddos get to have riding in the combine with Grandpa. Not to mention they were all about getting down and dirty in the field! Thanks to Chuck, Janine, Great Grandpa Henry, Steve, Mike and Roleta for letting us crash your party on Saturday! Way to work hard!

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