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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Spirit of America Celebration

Yesterday we attended a Spirit of America Celebration.  It is hosted by a wonderful lady in our parish who has a love for our country and our a desire to rekindle a knowledge of our founding fathers.  Each of the adults is assigned an identity of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  We then mingle to learn about each other and test our knowledge in a trivia game.  The children were also given identities and read some short pieces for a little program.  There was food to eat and games to play.  It was ridiculously hot (over 100 degrees in the shade!), but there were plenty of shade trees and a nice breeze.  I did duck inside the air conditioned home to feed Peter, but other than that we were all outside for over 3 hours.  It was a great afternoon with friends learning more about the men who risked it all to form our great nation.

Some children reading a bit of history about the 4th of July.

The adults showing off their knowledge (or lack of!) the founding fathers.

Some treats and of course a good variety of liquid refreshment.

Essie and Madeline taking a lemonade break in the shade.

Todd helping Lillian refill a water gun while holding sleeping Peter.

Most of the children played a game of Rounders which is a predecessor of America's favorite pass-time - baseball!

Isn't it pretty?!  Did I mention that we are huge fans of Cake Boss?  Not exactly up to Buddy's level, but we were happy with how it turned out!

We came home, sat in the air conditioning a bit, and had some friends over for a little BBQ.  She brought over the meat and potato salad and I provided some chips and veggies.  Then we had dessert that Haley and I made that morning.  Check it out....red, white, and blue cake!

The kids all headed outside to run in the sprinklers for a bit to wait for it to get dark.  Then we hopped into big blue and went to watch the fabulous fireworks display over the lake.  It was almost 11:00 pm before the last kiddo was tucked in, so it was a long and exhausting day.  I am glad that it only happens only once a year!

God Bless!

Heather :-)