Monday, July 6, 2009

Forch of Uli

My mom has always made birthdays and holidays extra special......we loved it as kids and looked forward to them!! It's not always about spending money that makes something memorable but time spent with family/friends and doing the same thing year after year that becomes special in the eyes of a child.....and quite truthfully me too, as an adult! So I want my kids to have those same feelings. So with that each 4th of July (or forch of uli as Emery Grae states it) we head down to Coolidge Park for music by the symphony (they do an awesome job), yummy food, the kids running around barefoot in the grass kicking balls and blowing bubbles and dancing, visiting with family and friends, relaxing, and watching the fireworks show! This is our 5th year going.....Kayden was 7 months old when we first went! It's always a fun time...some years hotter than others but a great time none the less!

Jon has gotten the packing of all our chairs, blankets, toys, food, ect down to a science with this wagon (which was a great purchase by my twin for her oldest daughter years ago)!
Bubba' of Em's favorite thing to do!
Is she sweet?!!!
Our annual shot!
Kayd loves this dress for the twirling effects! 
My oldest niece whose favorite holiday is the 4th and she LOVES to get ALL dressed up in all things red, white, and blue!
My sister who is in town visiting and my WONDERFUL mom who started traditions with us!
Watch a few planes put on a small show

The taco salad we eat every year.....simple to make and delicious to eat
A little relaxin' time
Red, white, and blue M&M's
Sparklers....of course....gotta have them!

I sat in my chair this year, able to give 100% of my attention the fireworks show (both kids were in Aumie's lap) and was overwhelmed with thoughts of how LUCKY I am to have the freedom I have.....I know that is what this holiday is all about but some years I can get really busy in the to do's of celebrating that I forget what we are celebrating. Extra special this year that the 4th fell on Sabbath (our church day) and I, most importantly, have the freedom to serve the GOD I love!
"glasses" made from glow sticks!

Hope you all had a great weekend and are making MANY traditions with your family and kids!


The Hadfields said...

I love Coolidge Park; we've been down there on the 4th in years past and it WAS fun! And how neat that you take your own food. :) You have a great looking family with extra sweet little girls! Fun!

greenchickadee said...

OK, fabulous 4th traditions. Ours has been to go to deep creek for the past few years. So, do you have my email address? your last comment cracked me up because it's so true. but i'm trying sO hard not to be that way! :) i can totally relate!
glad you put down the toothbrush and sponge long enough to enjoy the holiday. :)

Heidi said...

beautiful 4th!! bring that taco salad recipe with you!!
looking forward to next weekend!

Keeping up with the Birmele's said...

What wonderful pictures!!! :) You have a gorgeous family! Your taco salad looks DELICIOUS! Receipe please! :)

Erika Reiner said...

Oh Kera...Great pictures...I was taking a bath last night and thinking about you and your family. I hope one day I'll be as good, creative, and active a mom as you!!! Your bubs are gorgeous and just so happy! Your family is adorable! Great pics! I need to head to our farmer's market one of these days. Looks like great fun! Much love to you! Muaw~!