Friday, July 8, 2011

Wonderful Way to Celebrate the 4th - With Family!

Usually, we're headed to Ohio at some point around the 4th of July. This year, instead, our family came to us! Yeah! We really had a blast. I'd love to take the time to explain each photo, but instead, I'll just recap the five days we spent with my wife's brother, his wife, and their four wonderful kids.

We started with your basic trip to the local park reserve. The park district just rebuilt the entire (huge) playground with 'cushiony' (my word) surfaces and made it all really accessable. It was awe-some! We also went to the pond at the park that day as well. The pond is a sand-bottom filtered 'pool' that really has the feel of the old water-hole without the animals and seaweed.

Next day brought a trip to church (I read the first reading this week!). Then we made our way to our friends' house on the lake. Family fun in the water with paddle-boat, kayaks, wind-surf-board (no sail), a slide, and the boat. Most of the kiddos got to go 'tubing', while some even got to 'disc' it behind the boat - and our hospitable friend showed us how to get up on a wake-surf-board. Fun-filled night ended with s'mores by the fire.

Monday was the fourth and we celebrated by getting up early for a half-marathon ... well, at least my BIL and I did. (I didn't run.) But he did a great job - especially since it was so hot and a new course. He came really close to his half-marathon personal best! Great job, B! We cooked out, used the new snow-cone maker, and generally enjoyed the backyard water toys - blow-up pool, slip-n-slide, etc.

Tuesday was a day to adventure to the MOA. We saw all the fish in the aquarium, and my nephew could even tell you that we "walked under the sharks." Pretty cool. The girls took their trip to the American Girl store and gave their dolls a 'spa treatment' with new hair-dos. We took in some other stores and a little bit to eat before taking the rest of the day to relax and enjoy each other's company again.

I think all the kids really enjoyed the time - and the adults, too, of course :)

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