Monday, July 9, 2012

Scenes From A Vacation

Last week was our typical 4th of July vacation week.  We had some really great plans that we had to cancel because of Grace's broken leg, but we managed to have a great week anyway.  

We spent 5 days up at the cabin.  The weather was HOT.  I mean hawt, people.  It was 100 degrees, lots of humidity, no air conditioning, kind of hot.  We loved it.  

While the boys spent 95% of their time swimming in the water we tried to keep Gracie happy with "fishing" and playing.  Yes, she can go in the water with the cast, but I was concerned about her getting sand and seaweed and stuff trapped in her cast.  Luckily, she was a very good sport about it.

A few times she even caught a Tommy fish.
She got sick of the fishing game and ended up dipping her leg in as far as it would go without getting the cast wet.  She still had fun.  The boys swam more than they ever have before.  Usually they are bothered by the horse flies, or they get cold, or bored.  This time they stayed in all day long only coming out for a bit of food and more sunscreen.  It was one of the best times we've ever had at the cabin.
We came back home just in time for the 4th of July.  We went to the parade and sweat through the 90 degree heat and humidity and the 2 hour parade.
We had a lovely cook out at our house (I'm not sure why I didn't take any pics) with the grandparents and then went to the lake to watch the fireworks.  Even in her cast Grace had fun running around with her brothers playing frisbee.  She garnered many comments from strangers about her determination, spunk, and resilience.
As it got darker it was time for the glow sticks to come out.  Then the real fun started.
And a bit of silliness too.
Everyone hunkered down when the fireworks started.  It was a good show.
By the time we got home it was pretty late and the kids were punchy.  They were so hyper we had a hard time settling them down.  Most of the time they looked like this:
We decided to take them outside to watch and listen to the neighbor's fireworks.  We lit the tiki torches and relaxed.  Even the moon was putting on a special orangey show for the 4th.
It has been a great vacation filled with lots of time outside soaking up the sun, having bonfires, and eating ice cream cones.
If only it could last a little longer.


DysFUNctional Mom said...

Looks like a perfect summer vacation! So glad y'all had a good time.

Karen Deborah said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves!
I live in that heat and no I am not liking it. I am staying inside way too much. It's only 87 today so I should be outside working on some of these projects I started and nope, nawt feelin the groove.

Mom24 said...

That sounds pretty perfect Kat, I'm glad for you. It took my breath away how old Grace is looking in one of those pictures! They grow up so fast.

Hilary said...

What a lovely time and that sweet little Grace sure knows how to make the best of her troubles. Hopefully that cast will come off soon.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Looks like each kid managed to enjoy themselves! What a perfect way to spend the Fourth.

Riahli said...

Sounds amazing! I seriously need to get around to posting about the 4th myself... good grief am I behind! Thanks for your sweet comments by the way, and that awesome website suggestion! :)

lime said...

glad you all had such a great time :)

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