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!

Independencia!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. That, and Halloween. I think I’ve narrowed it down to not so much as the holiday itself that I love, it’s the aura that the holiday is shrouded in. I love fall, candy, dressing up, and spooky stories; therefore I love Halloween. I’m not celebrating Satan when I do these things, I promise. On the same note, I love summer, homemade ice cream, seeing fireworks go off, and getting together with family; therefore July 4 is super-de-duperly up my alley!

It’s become a sort of tradition for both my family and Logan’s family to celebrate this favorite holiday together. For the past three years (or more? I can’t even remember), we’ve all gone out to Mama and Papa Henry’s house (that’s not really what I call my in-laws, FYI) for the festivities. Logan, Evie, and I, my mom and dad, Tara, Ryan, and Si, Chuck and Janine, Holly and Ray, usually Coleman (we missed you this year!), and Grandpa Henry gathered for an evening in the quiet country. Not a lot of whiz-banging going on other than our small show that Logan so graciously organized for us… perfect for young ears!
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This one wasn’t actually on the fourth of July. This was taken on the fifth of July… sorry folks. But I wanted to add it anyway! Love my little nephew Silas Gray!IMG_2492

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