I know it's a bit delayed but HEY here's some personal pictures from earlier this month. The 4th of July is probably our family's favorite holiday (except for Christmas. I am a Christmas maniac). Justin loves to buy lots of fireworks and I'm never mad because let's be real, fireworks are the funnest thing ever. He likes setting them off, the kids and I like watching them. It's a win-win. This year the 4th marks our one year anniversary in our house; almost to the day. So we decided kind of last minute to have some of our family over. My sister & niece came over early in the day and she and the kids played water balloons and did some crafty things. Justin smoked some brisket, we ate lots of delicious foods and then when it got dark, the fireworks started. My sister-in-law and her family came over and we had a lot of fun playing with sprinklers and watching the fireworks. Plans for next years show are already in the works and I have a feeling it's going to be quite the show.
I had the great idea that we should just spontaneously go camping the next day. Because we had such a busy 4th, we didn't really have time to go through our camping stuff and make sure we had everything we need. Generally, we go camping a couple times a summer so I kind of thought we didn't really need to check everything. Overall the trip was kind of a bust. I don't want to drag on about all the horrors but the first night we ended up eating dinner at 10pm and having to grab a hotel room. Yup. Camping, right? We were lacking some pretty essential camping equipment that we didn't realize and by the time we got to a town with a camping supply store it was too late to go back to camp and set up in the dark. The rest of the trip was actually pretty good despite the fact that the lake was so flooded the girls couldn't swim or play at the beach like we'd planned. We enjoyed playing board games and playing "Chopped: Camping Edition". We also went out to and did some moose safaris and managed to see some each night out.