Our family lives in Western Washington. There is a common phrase around here that is "Summer does not begin until after the Fourth of July." Meaning that it is grey and raining until then most years. I have lived here for fourteen years and I believe that it is true.
But this year was different! Hallelujah! The skies were blue and I believe the temperature reached 80 degrees!
This year we got together with both of my brothers and their families and went to Steilacoom, Wa, where they host a Fourth of July parade and street fair each year. It is right on the Puget Sound with the back drop of the Olympic mountains. Absolutely gorgeous!
There are 12 cousins in all. They had a great time together enjoying our countries Independence Day!
The whole crew, ages 2-14!
I love this picture! I don't know why it warms my heart to see my beautiful
Ethiopian kiddos sporting their American garb.
After the parade we went to my brothers house for a BBQ feast. One of the kids favorite was the red, white and blue Jello! My sister-in-law (chef extraordinaire) made four batches of home-made ice cream! Yes, you read that right, four different flavors and I tried them all!=)
Little Buddy's first sparkler!
The fireworks were the most stressful part of the day. Here's a thought, let's line up twelve children and give them a stick with fire on it to hold, all at the same time.
Yes, the dad's were in charge.=) They did a great job of keeping everyone safe and all the children went home with all of their hair.=)
For me, this Fourth of July was the best I have had in years. The weather was so beautiful. I completely enjoyed watching all of the cousins play together for hours. Family, food and fellowship. What an amazing gift!