Since we forgot to take out own stash of fireworks to the block party on the 4th, we decided to have our own little display the following two nights.
First off, you've gotta love the names of these fireworks.
The kids certainly get excited about them!
While the kids were enjoying them,
Fred also got a kick out of them! I mean, what boy, I mean man, doesn't?! Fire! Fire!
We saw some pretty cool fireworks at the block party we were at, so maybe we'll have a bigger show next year!
Some of the best summer plans are...no plans at all.
I have seen the kids use their imaginations in all the games they have created and in all the little things they have figured out to do by themselves.
I'm not going to say I haven't heard those dreaded words, "I'm bored!" at all, but for the most part they have kept themselves pretty entertained.
That just about sums up our day on the 4th!
We started the day off at Hillcrest. Lindsay and her new beau, Adam, met us for lunch by the pool, and the kids and Fred swam. Swimming has "clicked" with Mac these past few weeks and now he is holding his own in the pool and off the diving board.
Then it was onto field games. They were so much fun! If my ankle was messed up I would have had more fun, but Fred and the kids participated, and I was able to do the water balloon toss.
After our fun afternoon at Hillcrest, we headed over to our friend's neighborhood for a 4th of July Block Party. There was tons of good food, great friends, and way to many young kids running a muck with lighters and fireworks! :-) There even was a good old fashion patriotic bike parade!
Just look at the carnage!
Here are some other fun photos from the block party!
We decided to head back over to Hillcrest to get a good view of the City of Boise fireworks display. Here are a few shots I took of the fireworks. Of course, the kids slept through the whole show! Just too long of a day, and it gets dark here in Boise just too late. The show didn't start until 10:15pm! Love being in the Mountain Time Zone, when we really should be in the Pacific!
All in all, a really fun day with family and friends, and we enjoyed being home, in Boise, for the first time!
I hope you all have a day filled with fun, family and fireworks!
We were supposed to be up in Sun Valley, but then I had to go and sprain my ankle playing tennis on Thursday, so we amended our plans and decided it might be better to stay in town. As it turns out, we have been having a lovely time right here at home. We had a mellow, relaxing day at home yesterday. Then yesterday afternoon BOTH the kids went to separate sleepover. Fred and I found ourselves as of 4:30pm yesterday afternoon without kids in our own home. We couldn't remember the last time we'd had that! We headed downtown for a date night: P.F. Chang's (we hit happy hour, which was not even planned, but ended up being very economical. I'll have to remember that!) and then a movie. We saw the new Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz film, Knight and Day. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the icky factor with Tom Cruise is finally fading for me. This morning we are waking up to a quiet house, well, quiet except the dogs clambering for food and the occasional barking session at the squirrels from Nigel, but other than that, quiet. We are enjoying our coffee and for me my blog and for Fred, Fox News Sunday.
We have a fun day planned. We pick up the kids up around noon and are heading over to Hillcrest for fun and games at the pool. Lindsay and her new boyfriend will be joining us for lunch there. This evening we are headed to our friend's neighborhood for a festive July 4th BBQ and bike parade. Then, if we are up for it, we will head down to Ann Morrison park to watch the fireworks.
Have a great day, and I hope to have some fun 4th of July photos to share with you tomorrow! For now, here are some of my best 4th of July photos that I've shot in the past.
July 4th 2007
San Marino, CA with Grammy Grammy & Opa
July 4th 2008
Hailey, ID with the Marshall's
July 4th 2009
Hailey, ID at the rodeo with the Jenning's
So, after what seems like FOREVER that we have been growing Gwyneth's hair out, in hopes of donating it to Locks of Love, Gwyneth decided to cut her hair on Friday. It was not a rash decision. We had gone in for a consultation with my stylist the week before to talk about options. We were hoping that by now she would have the required 10 inches needed to donate to Locks of Love. As it turns out, she was still 1-2 inches short. But when she got it into her head that she was going to cut her hair, she wanted to cut her hair, regardless of the required 10 inches. Now you would think that since I have short hair myself it would not be a big deal for me have Gwyneth cut her hair. It was! It has been such a process to grow it out, and I have to say, I really liked it long on her. It certainly has made my life easier! I never had to deal with washing, brushing or styling her hair. She did it all herself. But, it is just hair. It will grow.
I made an appointment on Friday after her last day of Camp Invention. We headed to the salon ready for the big transformation.
Here is Gwyneth before:
Here are some shots from during the cut.
Wow! That's a lot of hair!
All done! Here is the final result!
Ooh-can I check out the back?
I love it and I think it really suits her. I will admit, I have had to do a few double takes the last two days when I am not sure who that little girl with the short hair is in our house! :-)
It started out looking like this:
Then we, and by "we" I mean our neighbor, Mark, and sometimes Mac, started doing some work:
We tamed our sloped hill in our backyard by putting up a sand stone retaining wall. Then we brought in some more dirt and made several trips to the nursery. Here are the final results:
Beautiful! It is much more pleasant out there now. I can't wait to see how all of our plants grow in!