Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 4th 2016

A day late and a dollar short, but here's what we did to celebrate our 4th of July weekend.

We started out with attending a closing ceremony for Sally's camp.  She had a great week!

That evening Mommy had the bright idea of biking to Excelsior.  We may have bit off a bit more than we could chew.  We biked 15 miles round-trip.  Reid pulled Emma and Libby and I encouraged Sally along the way.  When we were at mile 4 (halfway to Excelsior) we stopped to ask Sally if she wanted to keep on going or turn around and just get ice cream in Victoria.  She opted to keep on going.

It really was a beautiful trail!  It's flat and no hills.  Lots of wildlife.

We made it to Lick's!

Someone enjoyed their ice cream!
 The hard part was getting motivated to get back on the bikes, even though some tushies were sore, and to finish it out.  It did cross my mind to call one of our neighbors to come pick us up with their truck
 Enjoying her freedom from the Burley
 Proud of our crew for sticking it out and completing our mission.  There were minor tears and meltdowns.  Sally definitely finished with her head held high. "Mom, look, the sunset it beautiful, this is why God wanted us to keep going.  This was hard, but it was a lot of fun having special time with you."  We played the "I'm going to Walker and I'm going to Bring..." and then you have to remember.  It was a great distraction for her.

When she woke up in the morning she wasn't sore.  Daddy and I jokingly asked if anyone wanted to go for a bike ride and everyone said Yes, so I guess we didn't scare them too badly!

How perfect was the weather over the entire weekend? No humidity, and not too hot!

We had breakfast outside one morning

 and then we met the Lindberg Family at Minnetonka Regional Park! So fun to catch up with them, as best we could with 6 girlies running around :)

 They've been friends since they were 3 months old
 a whole lotta cuteness and a whole lotta pink
Brad has a way with Littles.  We continued the fun with lunch at Noodles

We're excited to come visit in September!

After naps we decided to check out the Chanhassen Festival!

 Having fun in the Ferris Wheel

 Daddy and Emma waving
 Emma's first time on the Carousel

 Emma's first time on the slide. Weeeeeeeeee
 and then we ran in to some of our favorites and we turned it in to an evening.  We headed to Victoria to get hot dogs, ice cream and Vic's takeout!  It was the most peaceful 45 minutes with 6 kiddos ever!
 Taking turns on Stage

The next morning we had church, went to the Sandquist for donuts and then just hung out for the remainder of the weekend.

 Thank you Nana and Grandpa for the delicious Ribs!

 Our Red, White & Blue!
 Daddy with his favorite shirt...
 The 4th was the 22nd anniversary to my dad's death.  Always a bittersweet day for me.  At one point Emma and I were hanging out on the couch and we were practicing saying names.  Out of the blue she said Joe, looked up to the ceiling, pointed, and started waving and blowing kisses.  Throughout the day I would ask were Grandpa Joe was.  She'd look around, find him, point, wave and blow kisses.  Pretty cool stuff!
 A little T-Ball in the front yard

 Somewhere she learned how to walk like a Zombie and she thinks it's the funniest thing ever
 Blessing herself with the water table water
 Ice Cream you Scream!
 C-Mile Sisters
 The grand finale for the weekend was sparklers.  They have yet to know how much cooler they are when it's dark out...
 Emma couldn't believe it

 and then she got to try and she thought it was the BEST. THING. EVER!

Hope you had a wonderful 4th as well!

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