Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July Fun!

This year we spent the 4th of July in Memphis with the Carr side of the family.  We had a full week of fun that I will chronicle later, but for the holiday itself, we had a great time.  For the first time in ages, we were unable to have our usual Hootenanny at Nona's house.  Her house is huge and her yard is even huger, so it is always great to do volleyball tournaments, boccie ball, croquet, badminton, races, etc.  But, extenuating circumstances persist, so we had the crew come out to my parent's much smaller yard.  Even with us drastically cutting back the numbers, we still had 50-60 people in attendance.  And it rained.  A lot.

But, change in location and rain cannot squash our fun!  We still had a blast and my parents did a phenomenal job getting the house and yard ready for so many people used to so much activity at this event.
I love my mommy.
The Boldreghini Kids: Aunt Lynn, my Mom (Velita), Uncle Louis, and Aunt Ellie
The real main attraction was Miss Penelope.  Oh, she is so perfect.  I just love her.  I miss her right now.  I hate knowing that she is still in Memphis visiting more while I am here with no baby in my arms.  Boo.
Their faces in this photo crack me up


Sisters with a baby.

More sisters with a baby.

Sisters, a baby, and a cousin.

Sisters, a baby, and a brother.

And a brother's eye.  I don't even know.

My Nona, the kids' Great Nona.  Love her and so happy my kids have warmed up to her and now run to give her kisses and hugs when they see her.

I forgot to take a photo of the food, but it was abundant.  My dad smoked 2 butts and so did Galen, so we had 4 butts worth of pulled pork.  SO yummy.

We managed to fit in the Egg Toss in the smaller venue and despite the mud.  We had about 20 teams and Brian and I came in 2nd place!  Even with Violet grabbing onto my legs the whole time.  Joey and Chris got 1st place for the 3rd year in a row.  So close to dethroning them!

The final three - me, Alex, and Joey on our side

Alex egged the winners - which is funny/ironic since Joey is a vegan

2nd place!!

The kids played some muddy badminton, and Jeremy talked poor Uncle Mike into playing horseshoes with him for like an hour.

Violet was a princess (diva) as usual and talked Alex into giving her True Love's Kiss and a dance (how she manages to talk at least one male in every gathering we go to to give her True Love's Kiss, I have no idea).  Alex does need the practice, though, for when Penelope grows into her princess gowns.  :)

We did not have the usual huge firework display, but we still had some patriotic fun.  We had rockets that exploded and parachute men flew down, and then did the classic cobra snake pellets.  The kids loved it.

When it got dark, we set off some fireworks in the front yard and then had fun with sparklers.  Jeremy was hesitant at first, but then loved it, and Violet was all about the magic wand.  I almost got burned when she turned to me and said "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo" and tried to change my clothes into a ball gown.

It was such a great day, and I am so blessed to spend holidays like this one surrounded by fantastic friends and family!