4th of July Celbration

10 years.... can you believe it?  I am sure most of you are aware of our little 4th of July Celbration, but this was a big one... The group, in some part, has been celebrating the 4th of July together for the past 10 years. 

Things have obviously changed quite a bit - mostly with the addition of children to everyone's lives.  But some minor changes as well. 

Instead of the cottage in Wisconson, it is at the cabin in Minnesota. 
Instead of beers for breakfast, it is breakfast at our own house and then driving to the lake for the day. 
Instead of a bonfire, fireworks, and more beers, it is everyone heading home after dinner time so that the bed-time routines are not that messed up.

Well, I guess all those changes are a result of children.  Soon they will be old enough that the moms and dads can enjoy the 4th of July like they did back in the beginning... but without children, we couldn't enjoy great moments like this...

Sydney getting ready for the jetski ride (with pink lifejacket of course!)  
Evangiline, Elisa, and Sylvia floating along in the sun.

Reagan is ready for more water... 
Charlie giving directions to Scott - "This is how you are supposed to catch me!"

The monster tent once again provided some protection from the sun (heat)

It started cooler in the porch - that is until 25 people crowded into it!

Violet and Andrew discussing what to drink next

The gang keeping cool in the water

I think we have a water lover with Violet

Big Zac showing off the 'guns'

The 60 year old swingset even got some action

Oh yeah, we can't forget Sylvia's early birthday cake!

"Happy Birthday to You!!!"

She finally got them all - and that was a good thing - her friends were getting HUNGRY!

All in all, it was a pretty good time.  The weather was hot, but the water was nice.  A bit of ice cream on the cake helped out as well!

Until next year - another 4th has come and gone...  Let's hope for 85 and sunny next year!