Happy Fourth of July! We had a great long weekend celebrating beginning with a small group get together on Sunday evening. Eleanor has been bummed that our small group doesn't meet regularly throughout the summer, so she had been anticipating this for awhile. We played in baby pools in the driveway when we got there, and then grilled together for dinner that night. Afterward, the kids had a movie night in the basement (Moana) while the adults hung out upstairs.
We went to Water Country over the weekend and though it was a bit crowded, we enjoyed swimming and doing some of the slides.
We've been taking care of our neighbors' chickens while they're out of town this week, which Eleanor has been loving. She has helped get their water and food, let them out of the coop in the morning and shut them back in at night and she helps their fish. What is more patriotic than feeding fish and taking care of chickens in your "American Flag zucchini" (aka bikini) as Eleanor calls it?
Eleanor also caught her first firefly this weekend. I realized this child has been severely deprived when we got home late one night, ran out to take care of the chickens, and she was in awe of the bugs that light up. She says she never remembered seeing one before so she caught one and kept it overnight.
On the actual 4th of July, our friends invited us over to grill for dinner. Jane hadn't been feeling very well so she wasn't much fun, but Eleanor had a great time, especially doing sparklers!
This was about the best picture I could get of the two girls together in their matching dresses because Jane was clinging to Chris the whole time and did not want to pose for a picture.
We considered taking the girls down to Colonial Williamsburg for fireworks and ended up going for it even though Jane wasn't at her best. Eleanor really enjoyed it, so I'm glad we went, but Jane was trying to fall asleep the whole time and was just really tired. We hadn't been to the CW fireworks for the Fourth since the summer I was pregnant with Eleanor so it was a treat! We try to always make it down for Grand Illumination in December since they're so much earlier, which makes it much easier with kids.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July!!