Ben fell asleep soon after we got to my brother-in-law’s house yesterday afternoon. It was his nap time. Unfortunately, he woke up when we tried to move him to the couch. He didn’t go back to sleep, he didn’t eat anything. He didn’t go swimming. But at least he wasn’t too cranky. For the mot part he stayed inside and played with his cousin’s trucks.
Bella ate two hamburgers and two hotdogs. A record for her. She used to be like Ben and never ate at parties.
My mother-in-law with my newest niece, Veronica. So glad Mum B could make it.
My niece, Zelie. Isn’t she the cutest? I love her topknot and all her smiles. She was having a great time going up and down that step over and over again.
Anthony was trying very hard to get Theresa’s beer into his mouth. I’m so glad Tree felt well enough to come out despite the constant headache.
What 4th of July celebration is complete without a jello eating contest?
I didn’t get a headcount but there must have been about a dozen families with around forty or fifty kids. What an incredibly joyful crowd it was! And everyone so full of love and life. The teenagers were none of them snooty or rude. They played well with the littlest ones, held babies, bent to greet toddlers. No fights, no squabbles. Just good fun.
Dom’s an experienced dad. He can eat a burger while balancing a baby on his knee.
Zelie and Bella.
Ben shows off his belly.
Ben took one or two bites of watermelon. The rest of that luscious fruit couldn’t tempt him. So I ate it.
My attempt at Jenn’s stone fruit cake. It tasted great but didn’t set in the middle. I think I need to buy an oven thermometer. That’s the second time I’ve had a cake not set. So frustrating.
Bella and Sophie spent hours in the pool. Bella was thrilled to realize she can stand in the shallow end.
Ben with blankies.
At the end of the day we had a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Several of the adults too turns reading. My brother-in-law John is holding the paper and his oldest son, Peter is reading.
John finishes up the last few lines of the Declaration. What a great idea. It’s a different sort of thing to hear it read out loud on the celebration of the day it was signed.
After the reading of the Declaration we all said a rosary, the members of the various families each taking turns leading.
And after the rosary there were roasted marshmallows and s’mores.
And there was also plenty of tech-geekery. Trading iPhone apps, isn’t that how all great parties end? I had to tear him away so we could get our very tired kids into bed. It was ten o’clock before they were all in their beds snug and sound with the faint cracks of fireworks still sounding occasionally in the distance.
All photos taken on my iPhone, so not the greatest quality.