Things have been busy, and we didn't make any big plans for the fourth of July. A nice, quiet day. With swimming, a rain storm, a lot of heat and humidity, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, and fireworks. And then, Cody came home that afternoon. He just finished canoeing the whole Mississippi (2 months of paddling over 2 years) and after a weekend in New Orleans with our cousin, he drove his motorcycle through a lot of rain and made it home in time for the festivities. It made the fourth of July much more fun for our kids, who were pretty worried about the lack of parties we had planned. We had a big, all-American supper with Owen, Ashley, and Cody. And then roasted marshmallows and headed off for fireworks
(Okay, these first pictures are from July 2nd. Just so we are clear.)
Lily with her badminton rackets. Her favorite accessory.
Gilbert helping me empty out the compost bowl.
My Orianna girl
Very early raspberries
Some ripe black raspberries out near the compost pile
Canada Lily. I really like this wildflower.
My fourth of July cake
Ashley's apple pie
I did. I just posted a picture of our dinner table. But it was so yummy looking! And it was yummy.
Ashley distributing sticks for roasting marshmallows
Owen, carefully defoliating the aspen tree for marshmallow sticks
Kids in grass with sticks
Setting up the bonfire
She loves being on chairs
And then mummy made them go back in the grass for a picture
Yes, my hair is leaning drunkenly.
Justin and some kids I know
Crawling in the grass
Owen, Cody, and Justin played knock out while Ashley helped the kids roast marshmallows and I stood around taking pictures.
Lily is avioding the fire like the plague
Ashley is a nice aunt!
Silos against the sunset on the way down to St. Regis Falls, the closest place to see fireworks.
Owen, Ashley, and kids
Justin messed with the camera and took much better pictures of the fireworks than I generally do.