We had a sweet little fourth of July celebration with friends this year. They invited us over and made yummy grilled food while the kids took over their backyard with their shenanigans. We have been friends with Erica & Doug since before we had kids and they are special friends. They are the kind of friends that would do absolutely anything for you and not think twice about it. We love them. And our kids love their kids.
Their neighbors have a little playhouse that they let them use whenever and our girls did not want to leave that little house. How cute is that little porch swing?
Tyson is always happy to have a boy to play with and the water gun wars and soccer playing made him so happy.
I was planning on taking a little fourth of July photoshoot of the kids before we left but ran out of time so as it got a little later in the evening and the lighting was just right, their yard was the perfect backdrop for few fun photos.
And since Erica & Doug are so awesome and thoughtful, they took a few family pics of us too. This one was my favorite. Our little goof troop.
And I just adore these pictures of all the kids together. So sweet. We have pictures of Avery & Evan as babies together so it is fun to watch them grow.
Jason even got in on the red, white, and blue without any prompting from me. He just knows the drill at this point. Such a good man.
We brought some sparklers along and were excited because our kids had never experienced them before. They thought it was awesome.
We thought we had covered all the bases on safety with sparklers but apparently Mia didn't catch that you don't put them near your mouth. I am not sure what she was trying to do but thankfully, no harm was done to those sweet lips.
Violet was not sure about the whole sparkler thing but she was content to observe and hold the box.
This picture makes me laugh each time I look at it.
I did not get a single good photo of them watching the fireworks but I still love this blurry one. We just drove over to a local high school next to Kings Island and watched their fireworks from the parking lot along with a ton of other people who had the same idea.
It was totally worth keeping them up late. And they even slept in the next morning which was nothing short of a fourth of July miracle.