Sunday, July 7, 2013

Independence Day 2013 - Party Pics!

We rather ill-advisedly threw a Fourth of July party this year.  I say ill-advisedly because you should have seen the state of our home leading up to the festivities!  Seriously. Also, I happen to be experiencing a moving-induced time warp where I have little to no sense of what day it is, so I sent out an evite to this party thinking that the 4th was surely weeks away, only to discover while talking to a friend on the phone that we had only 7 days to prepare.  "Wait, what?!  The 4th of July is this coming Thursday?!  You have got to be kidding."  Nope, not kidding.

However, we own a pool, so I think it is pretty much our duty as Americans to host an Independence Day get together.  There's probably a law about that.  And as it turns out, having a party looming on the calendar was just the swift kick we needed to get our rears in gear.  Even in the last few hours prior to the first guest's arrival Joe and I were scurrying around like maniacs, unpacking boxes and shoving things out of the way.  I am so thankful to be surrounded by friends and family who really don't care about appearances. 

We could not have had better weather - just warm enough for swimming, but not so hot to make everyone uncomfortable.  By a stroke of luck, we were able to have a swing set installed two days before the party (more on that later).  The yard truly did its job, and we all had a blast.  (At least our family did - I hope everyone else did, too.)

Here are a bunch of party pics that aren't really in order.  

Sign of good times. Thanks for coming! Signs by Georgia
{Signs by Georgia.}

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{More signs by Georgia.  Artwork by June.}

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{Hot mess on the run, about to get worse.}

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{Waylon a little spooked by the smoke bombs and other "mild" fireworks.}

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{Go, Mike!}

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{Our own Little Chef "cooking".}

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{Notice June had to swim in her clothes. In addition to her clothes and swimsuit, she also later appeared naked and in her nightgown at this party.}

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{Max, Harry, Georgia, June and a bunch of glow sticks in the dark on the top bunk.}

7 comments:

Susan said...

That looks like a blast! And who cares how the inside of your house looks when your backyard and pool look so gorgeous! Love your & Maggie's skirts!!

Kelly said...

Looks like so much fun! So great that the weather was perfect. Can't wait to see your place in person - looks amazing!

Danni said...

What cute kiddos. Waylon's cuteness is just too much. Such a serious face most of the time. Your pool is huge. I want to hear more about your new digs.

Ann said...

Seriously, I'm coming to your place next 4th of July. YOU HAVE A YEAR'S NOTICE...get ready. (LOVE, LOVE that pool...looks like everyone had a fab time!).

Sarah said...

Definitely putting that pool to good use - looks like fun! Your backyard looks huge!

TomT said...

YEAH! Party Pix! What a fabulous yard you have. Great pix of all the kids.

Emily said...

You mentioned a move-related time warp - I think there was one because all three of the kids look SO GROWN UP!