Oh my, my! We have had an adventurous 2 weeks, hence the lull in blog postings recently. The boys and I have been in Ohio where we collided with my brother's family from North Carolina, my other brother's family from Ohio, lots of nostalgia, a splash pad, the 4th of July, Jeremy's sister's wedding, an unfortunate meeting of Eli's head and concrete, and a hike that resulted in taking shelter from a thunderstorm. Oh yeah, and my parents' 40th anniversary was in there as well.
The last time these cousins were together for an extended amount of time was last summer when we all got together at my parents house. It is so cute to see how they've grown.
My brother and his wife got their hands on a blow up bouncy house which was lots of fun for all the kids (and grown ups too). Whenever we started to feel a little pent up in the house, we all headed out to let the kids jump out their energy.
My sister in law and I are both teachers, so we have a tendency to need some structured time for the kids. This was our 4th of July craft. The kids made little crowns to wear to the fireworks. Unfortunately, we forgot to take them to the fireworks, but at least they enjoyed wearing them around the house.
Our fruit tray for the fourth of July.
Lex and Eli together on the bouncy house slide. My younger brother likes to tell all the kids to "yell really loud" when it's time to take a picture. My boys are pretty good at that.
The City Orchestra played an outdoor concert at the park, so we went and sat out on blankets to watch. They did a lot of patriotic songs.
Afterwards, we fed the ducks at the park, and then had a McDonald's picnic by the playground.
We also had an impromptu birthday party for Eli one day since his birthday was coming up.