Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Weekend

We had a fabulous 4th of July weekend!  We spent it with friends and family and we are so blessed to be able to enjoy the freedom God has given our great country.  Saturday we got up early and went to The Little Gym for our 1st class!  At first our wild man played shy and acted like he didn't want to cooperate, but about half way through, he did great!  I think it is going to be a great family activity for us.  After Little Gym we went to Stride Rite and bought him a new pair of tennis shoes and a pair of Sperrys.  He will be styling in his new class! :-)

We spent some time at the pool this weekend and Nicholas is officially a water baby!  

 Sunday Melissa came and joined us at the pool.  Nicholas enjoyed spending some time with her and then we had the most awesome meal of the summer so far.  Michael did a shrimp boil that was to die for!  I can't wait to have it again soon!  We just bought some fresh shrimp at Kroger, sausage, new potatoes, and corn from my dad's garden and mixed in some Old Bay seasoning.  YUMMO!
 Last night was also the White Oak Plantation 4th of July fireworks.  Our subdivision is so perfect for us.  It is full of young families and we've gotten to be good friends with a lot of them.  I loved that everyone came out to watch at the houses closest to the fireworks.  It was a really good time!

 Our fearless kid LOVED it!  He watched in awe and didn't seem to mind the noise at all!  We do not know where his fearless side came from!

 My boys!

 My big one year old and I!  I kept thinking that one year ago we were in the hospital waiting to go home and what a special 4th of July it was to bring him home that day.  This year we get to spend it playing outside and eating Daddy's smoked BBQ!
Today we have had a great, lazy day, but it started with a little drama.  We had lowered Nicholas' mattress as it has been necessary, but apprently he has grown a little faster than we have lowered it.  We put him down for a quick morning nap and he cried for a few minutes.  I was in the kitchen and after a while he quit crying.  In a minute or so he was crying again and it seemed to sound like it was coming from right beside the door.  I ran to get the video monitor, which I ALWAYS have right beside me except this one time, and sure enough, he wasn't in the bed!  He had flipped out!  He was completely fine, but it took me a long time to calm down!  Needless to say, it is now as low as it will go!  After that he went right to sleep and then it was time for some kiddie pool fun!
 We had a quick little afternoon shower and then discovered that our all-boy, boy LOVED something new...water in the downspout!  He had so much fun playing in the mud and puddle!
Tonight we smoked a roast in the smoker and had BBQ, baked beans, homemade mustard slaw, and potato salad with my parents.  It was fun, but our little firecracker started wearing out pretty fast.
One year ago today we brought him home from the hospital and we were finally all at home as a family.  I look at these pictures and compare and it is pretty crazy how fast a year has gone by!

Hope you and your family had a very happy and safe 4th of July!