Sunday, July 05, 2009

4th of July Bodacious Shindig

Our 4th of July party is over, Ryan is 19, and has had an official send off into the A*my. In a stroke of genius, Jeff decided to rent a moonwalk with a slide, which entertained the kids for a day and a half. (Only rented for one day, but the company set it up a half-day early, much to our delight.) Jeff's brother and family came the night before, so we were able to spend focused time visiting with them--and the kids had a blast bouncing with cousins.

Ryan texting from the top of the slide. I think the worst part of bo*t camp for him will be the loss of his phone.

Inside the 'jumpy-thing'

The big day arrived with no sign of the promised sunshine--but at least it wasn't raining. Jeff and I worked feverishly trying to get everything set up--while the kids drove us nuts helped.

We did manage to get everything ready in time and I think everyone had a good time.

My camera lens seemed to find my little nephew quite often. He was pretty much a photo-waiting-to-happen all day.

Jillian makes last-minute adjustments to the decorations

Piggy back ride for little sister

My nephew and our dog spent a lot of time together

My adorable neice who is too shy to smile for me, but I love the chocolate around her mouth.

The serious fun...a propane powered potato gun that shoots the length of a football field.

Jeff loads the ammo while the spectators gather. My brother and Ryan were out in the field with baseball gloves trying to catch the potatoes. Jeff had to shoot pop-ups, otherwise the potatoes would go sailing over their heads and into the woods.

My baby brother and his amazingly cute baby

Our doggie was invited to the festivities

My neice wallops the pinata

Jordan loves to hug my Mom

My Aunt never comes without treats for the kids

My dashing uncle. He married my aunt when I was a little girl and I had a huge crush on him. He is the reason I fell in love with black hair. I had no idea that my future husband and many of my children would also have black hair. hee...

Dear friends from far away

"I can't believe we pulled this off...hee."

Free wagon rides for all

"Wheee....hi, everyone!"

And now the moment we've all been waiting for...time to sing to the birthday boy.



...TO YOU."
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"Ryan, Happy Birthday and thank you for serv*ng your country. We're proud of you, son."
"Thanks, Dad. (I'm pretty much dying of embarrassment right now)."

My Dad and my sister-in-law. I adore them both!


Gretchen said...

Looks like you had an amazing day! Wish I could have been there! I miss you, my friend.

Kim K. said...

What an amazing party filled with incredible memories. Are you still needing to recover after pulling that off? Whew. Have a great week!

Lori said... guys really know how to celebrate our independence! Next year, I think I will sneak in! Don't worry, I'll bring a casserole.

You need to tell me more about Melatonin...I was so excited to hear there is hope beyond Benadyl for my pint-size night owl. :)

Are you seriously going to see Lynsay soon??? It would be so much fun if you were there the same time as us!

Joyful mom said...

Wow---that sure is a big party! Looks like you had a blast with the ones you love. Fun! Loved all the gorgeous pics.

Any bites on your house yet?

Holly said...

Okay, I totally teared up over Ryan's birthday bash knowing he is leaving soon. Maybe it's the fact that my hubby is leaving so soon...just knowing it's gonna be a struggle but God is FAITHFUL to never leave us to struggle alone!
Love love love the pictures of family and friends. This is as good as life here gets. Won't heaven be grand? :)

trustandobey said...

How fun!!!
Maybe you should plan parties for other people in your spare time. Spare time? know...time when you have nothing to do. Nothing to do? in time free from responsibilities.Why are you laughing so hard?
Anyway, looks like it was a humdinger!

Angie said...

Wow, what a fun time! Ya know...It makes me wonder...since you technically have only 9 children in the house now (of course, Ryan will always be your baby), China did approve you for 10 kiddos. Hmmm...maybe one more? :)

jttall said...

Looks like your family had a wonderful 4th!! I am new to your blog and wanted to let you know I enjoy it very much!! Your family is beautiful. Can you tell me the name of the agency you used to bring home two little ones from China?
Have a wonderful day!

Karin said...

The agency we used to bring home Zoey and Kate is no longer in business due to the expenses of becoming Hague certified. It's very sad because they were a great agency.