Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Fourth!

I was delighted to see the balloons lift off this morning.

Ben and Ben joined me.

Dave showed up just in time.

Even the hummingbirds were in on the fun.

Ben's cousins slept in very late.  Ben kept himself busy.

All of a sudden, guess who appeared?  It was Cousin Tom!

I showed him my stereoscope slides.  His comments included, "Wow!"  "Amazing!"  "Way Cool!" And my favorite:  "Are there more?"  

Ben decided he was going to swim today without a puddle jumper.  There was no talking him out of it.

Ben was happy to take a few lessons from Carolyn.

Ben pretty much has the steamboat maneuver down pat.

He did come up for air a couple times.

This particular lesson lasted almost 30 seconds.

I asked Nate if he'd do a cannonball for my camera.  Ben was so close behind him that my camera couldn't react fast enough.

Dave cheered everyone on and still got in some practice time.

Julia enjoyed our time at the pool today.

Toward the end of our stay, Ben and Julia found the guns.

And then it was time to go home.

While I cooked us lunch. Ben and Julia enjoyed grape sandwiches.

We have eaten very well this week, no question.

Ben was a little worn out after swimming so hard.

After naps, some of us enjoyed an evening picnic at the river.

Dave spied the beginnings of a dam and decided he could enhance it.

My camera caught Dave's reflection.

The light was perfect.

The kids worked up the courage to assist Dave once he assured them they wouldn't suffer from hypothermia.

Their efforts greatly improved the dam.

Children definitely got wet during this encounter with nature.

For the record, Nate is going to be an engineer when he grows up.

After our picnic, we thought we were going on a walk.

However, we realized it was time for Stadium of Fire to begin.

Dave had a lot of fun watching the sky.

By the time we got home, Papa had the fireworks set up in a neighbor's yard.

If you think you are seeing fear in Julia's face, you would be correct.  She went home.

Nate has never had so much fun in his life, and we were just getting started.

Between us and the neighbor, we had quite a few fireworks.  Doing our own fireworks is a first for us, but it won't be the last.  This was fabulous, except for the part about the ash in my hair.

A welcome visitor arrived in the middle of this event.  Dave lit some sparklers to wish her a happy birthday.

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