Sunday, July 5, 2009

"America, America, God shed His grace on thee!!"

Happy 4th of July!! What a great holiday, probably one of my favorites. What other holiday do we pig out on hot-dogs, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, hamburgers, and potato salad? Not to mention the fire-works. It seems like every 4th gets a little more sentimental and emotional for me. I am SO thankful to live in this free, amazing country! We are so blessed to have the freedoms we do, and I know we all sometimes take them for granted. This year I am especially grateful as I am starting to see some of our freedoms taken away (I won't get into it). I just feel so blessed to be able to raise our children in a safe, and free country where we don't have to worry about being killed for speaking our minds. Where I can walk around free as a woman and vote, gain an education, and work in a profession as I chose! It saddens me to know that some people don't have the same pride in their country. I hope someday they will take pride and understand how lucky we all are! God bless America!
We started off the 3-day weekend by running through the sprinklers. Erik is seriously the most fun dad ever. He's not afraid of acting like a kid again!
I love the sheer joy on her face.
CAREFULLY stepping through the sprinkler.
Troy wasn't too sure about all of it. He's a little hesitant.

Oooh, that's cold!
That night, our old ward had a pot-luck/softball game at Hazen HS. Troy and Jenna always have so much fun together. And who wouldn't want to be around such a cute little girl!!
Nice hit Daddy! I'm especially impressed with my photo-taking abilities while holding Troy. :)

For the 4th, we went over to our "adopted" family BBQ, at the Rigtrups.
Had to throw in the close-up too, since this is my scrapbook, per say.
The smokin' hot ladies cookin' up some delicious grub! Alexis Allen and Stephanie Rigtrup.
Troy was a little out of it. He didn't take an afternoon nap. So he went down to bed early. Poor guy.
Another sleepy baby. Thomas Allen. He and Troy are only 1 month and 2 days apart. They had a blast together! And he is such a little sweetheart.
Having fun on the tramp. Brooklyn really thinks she is so big.
We love Roxy!
Playing duck, duck, goose. Actually, I think Brooklyn was just running around.
There were some sweet fire-works in the neighborhood. Lots of illegal stuff, you know, the GOOD stuff! Kind of scary with all those pine-trees around.
Trying to get a picture with the kiddos. Brooklyn was thrilled.

Yes, I know my fore-head is shiny. This is where Troy and I took in the festivities. Erik woke him up from his peaceful slumber because he didn't want him to miss the fire-works! :)
Brooklyn's very own sparkler! Yes, we're that family who lets their 2 year old hold her own sparkler.

The morning after.


Mamie said...

Amen to that sista. We are so lucky!

And your babes are so cute...not to mention how fantastic you look. That triathlon training looks good on you. ;)

The Cope Family said...

Oh my gosh. Those pictures are ADORABLE! I love the 4th of July outfits! Beautiful Family.

Snyder Family said...

Looks like you had a great 4th. Your kids are growing so fast. I can't believe how big Troy is. Tell Eric I said hello. You look great Marcie!

The Evans Family said...

Looks like a fun day! Brooklyn & Troy are so cute!

Claire said...

Marcie, You are one foxy lady. Your kids are cute too and Erik is alright I guess, just kidding. Looks like you all had fun!

Mandi said...

So fun! I just use my fingers to do Marlee's hair... I dunno! I just use my finer, pull it through and then pull it tight... I'm afraid I don't have any great tips...

The Wi Family said...

You guys are so stinkin cute!! Looks like you had a blast!

The Stones said...

Looks like you got the 'work-out' bug too:) you look AMAZING!!! Keep up the great work!