Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fourth of July

I'm a little late, but here are pictures of our Fourth of July celebration. We were so excited to introduce our Scottish friends to an American Fourth and they were "happy to join in anything to spite the English" (typical, typical!)

David and Joel had matching t-shirts and looked like twins all day. Here is everyone waiting for the parade to start:

Our favorite part of the parade was the Rottweiler who rode by:

The children just loved the parade, especially catching all the candy!

We tried hard to convince our visitors that the Fourth of July is not usually in the lower 60's. Really, it's usually in the 90's. I'm not sure they really believed us. It was a struggle to stay warm.

Little Joel, whom we had never met before. He was so sweet!

Rachel and Emily together again after 2 1/2 years!

We had a wonderful cookout at my sister's in-laws after the parade:

Eating outside:
Tea was a necessity. Fortunately, my sister has indoctrinated her husband and his family very well!
The men headed up to the roof to discuss repairs to the house:
Then we all headed to the local park for a bit of fun:

We watched the Lemon Shake-ups and the Elephant Ears being made:
And the girls had their faces painted:
Then it was time for dessert, which included this incredible flourless chocolate cake:

And homemade iceream -- another first for our visitors:
By the time dinner rolled around we were all ready to head for home and a dinner of homemade soup. I guess I was proven wrong -- soup on the Fourth of July actually fit with the weather!


southseaislandhome said...

Lovely photos! That dog looks like he's actually laughing. The photos still look summery in spite of the cooler weather. What a great time it looks like you all had.
Rachel L

Heather said...

Your pictures are wonderful Heather - what a special way to spend Independence Day! That flourless chocolate cake looks soooo good - and with the price of flour on the rise, that's a recipe I'd like to have (hint hint)! I am glad the soup went over well!

Alaina said...

What a great time and beautiful pictures! I was bundled up for the parade and our evening activities, too! I don't remember it ever being so chilly.

Niall MacC said...

It looks a lot different from the celebrations here in Ireland! I think your sisters table looked very inviting, especially what she did with the melon!