Sunday, July 5, 2009

Celebration for the Fourth

First I want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing freedoms we have here in the beautiful United States of America. We just celebrated Independence Day, the day we remember those brave men who fought- and those who died- for us, as well as all of the women who helped the cause and aided in the revelution in 1776 so we could be permitted such freedoms. And I would like to thank all of those men and women who are still serving our Country so that we can keep those hard won freedoms. Our Heroes of the armed forces... the people who knowingly put their lives and personal freedoms last to ensure that we maintain ours. God bless you all.

We had a three day weekend here, and we have been taking full advantage of an extra family day.
We have lots of farms around our house and one of them has acres and acres of berry fields. So we decided to go blueberry and blackberry picking! We had a really fun time too!
Here we are heading out to the back fields. This property went on and on, it was so pretty and quiet. And I think Simone ate as many berries as she put in the bucket!!
Look how ambitious we were starting out...three buckets!

And an hour later....
It doesn't look like much, but I tell you we have a lot of berries! We didn't fill all three buckets but we have enough berries for the week, plus we made a real nice pie.

The farm also has very cute brown cows. We left very full of berries and very tired from all of the walking! Good thing there was a cool breeze.

And of course what would a holiday weekend be without family and friends? We had a fun cookout with some of our family and our dear friends.

Oliver was just exhausted from all of the activities, but of course had to be in the midst of it all anyway!

And our friends...
We are so lucky to have great friends that moved here from Florida. It is like having more family here and the girls get along so well.

And Simone's Auntie.
We watched the fireworks from our upstairs deck. It was so cool to see them all around. Plus our neighbors put on a great show of their own! It was a very fun evening!

So that is how we celebrated the Fourth of July.
We have an odd history with the 4th too, Adam and I met on the 4th of July, ummm lets see...11 years ago.
We've had some losses and some personal gains all on the fourth too. We will always remember the loss of our dear friend and neighbor Dan (and the best darned BBQer in the South!).
And yesterday we welcomed the newest member of our family, the birth of a new baby boy by Adam's cousin. Congrats to the whole family on that!
I hope you all are celebrating with family and friends and...
Happy Birthday USA!


Nicole said...

Looks like you had a GREAT fourth! Happy 4th of July-love all your pics and posts.

Lisa said...


Well first I "hafta" comment on that MOST adorable video of Simone sining....OH MY GRACIOUS, that is THE sweetest thing EVER! Her little inflections and whisper sweet voice....what a keeper that is and how big its making me smile! Well, you know I i will be watching it again! :) O.K. yes, Lauren will probably be watching it later too!! :)

And your 4th sounded just perfect! Picking berries, family time and friends galore! Couldn't ask for more!! LOVE the photos and Simone's beautiful smile & face just always leaps from each one!

I owe ya an email....its been crazy but wonderful here, but when things settle a bit....

Happy week ahead....thanks for sharing ALL of that sweetness!

Dunns said...

Thank you for your kind words. Your little guy is very handsome! I can't wait to get Ellie in my arms,,it feelings like it dragging lately! Are you with Cathwel?


I pray for speedy courts for all!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. Looks like you had a wonderful Fourth! And I had to leave a comment to tell you that you have great taste in your QingLu Mama name. Great minds think alike! Heh.

Kerry said...

What adorable photos of your sweetie! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend.