There are so many ways that you can celebrate the birth of our nation. Whether it’s time at home barbecuing, swimming in the pool, or a trip to the lake or beach, this holiday is a lot of fun outside.
This year we started our celebration over the weekend before. We drove into my husband’s hometown on Thursday before the holiday. We spent Friday around his parents house, spending time with them. During naptime we slipped away with the kids to a surprise movie trip to see Cars 3. They have been begging us to go so we took the chance and ran over to the movies. This time we remembered ear plugs (last time it was too loud).
On Saturday we got up and headed out to the lake with all three kids. We went out on the boat with some friends of ours for the kids first boat ride. They loved being out on the boat. To prepare for the boat ride I purchased kid life jackets from Amazon. These are the ones we chose because they had the three buckles across the chest and the strap that goes under your legs to secure the life jacket. For the girls I purchased this one and for Mason I chose this infant life jacket.
We arrived at the lake around 10:30 and went out onto an inflatable island and the kids swam with my husband in the lake. Then we headed up to the house to have lunch. Just as we finished lunch and planned to go out on the boat a storm blew in causing the power to go out for an hour or more. It was raining sideways and we were all trapped in the lake house with no power. About 2:30 the rain stopped and the power came back on about 3. We were able to lower the boat and take off on the lake. After the first run around the lake, the kids got enough courage to go tubing. Maybe I should say that momma got enough courage to let her kids tube because lets face it, I’m a nervous control freak when it comes to my kids. But I strapped on my bravery helmet and let them go with their dad on the tube.
Bailey went first. She begged and begged for them to go faster. She gave a thumbs up repeatedly asking that we have more waves. After about ten minutes of tubing her nose started bleeding. She gets nose bleeds regularly in the summer and a tubing adventure didn’t stop it from coming. We got her back into the boat and let Brooke take her turn while we stopped Baileys nose bleed. Brooke went out and had a blast as her sister did before her. She too was begging to go faster and wanted those bumpy waves. The entire time their little brother watched them, jumping up and down in my lap. He wanted his turn. I knew it was either let him go or we would have to get out of the boat. So I let him go with dad too. He had to sit up though and we went incredibly slow.
When Mason finished his turn Bailey was ready to go for round two. Her nose bleed had stopped for a little while and she was ready for some more fun. So out she went again. Followed by Brooke for a second time. It’s safe to say my kids love being lake babies.
We spent several hours enjoying time with friends at the lake before heading back to his parents house for dinner.
Sunday we slept in a bit before we loaded up to head home. We enjoyed our weekend away but knew that we had to get home to start our newest project around the house. We are adding a large space onto the back of our house. The contractors were starting on July 10th so we used the last two days off for the holiday to finish demolition on the back patio and around the yard so that the contractors could start.
On July 4th, we went to watch the parade downtown. It is something we have wanted to do each year but never have. The kids were so excited to go this year.
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