Saty with Rogers and George in their Pint Size Press tees!
Saty and Frannie excited to celebrate the Fourth!
Rogers, Ruthie and George waiting on the fireworks to start. It was probably 8:30pm at this point, and George was hanging in there with the best of them. He loved watching the fireworks, but I think he loved playing with the big kids almost more!
Our crew...and Katie. Notice the only other adult anywhere near them was me, behind the camera.
Clay and George watching the fireworks! George was enthralled with the fireworks, but he wasn't leaving Clay's lap. Clay felt his heart at one point, and it was about to beat out of his chest.
Family pic just before the big finale!
Notice George is not taking his eyes off the show.
On the morning of July 4th, George slept until 9am! Maybe that was because we kept him up until about 10pm the night before, but I'd say it was worth it. It was really rainy and sort of cold, so Clay came up with the brilliant idea of going to take the dogs (we had our neighbors' dog, Max) down to the Cahaba River by our house. George (and really all of us!) had the BEST time!!
George jumped right in and loved that he could walk around and explore.
Clay and George walked out to a rock and just watched the dogs jumping in over and over and swimming all over the place.
Here was the object of the day: throw sticks in the river and have the dogs jump in and fetch them. Repeat as many times as necessary until the dogs are completely worn out.
George finally figured out the point of the game, and he was obsessed with finding sticks and throwing them for the dogs. Seriously, he had the best day.
I can't tell who is happier here...George or Clay.
Not that it matters- it was one of my favorite family days I can remember.
One pic with Mom just to prove I was there!
That night we had a group of people over from our church to cook out.
We had about four sparklers left over from our wedding (over 5 years ago!), and the kids had so much fun with them. We didn't stay up for fireworks, so we figured this was the next best thing. Especially since these sparklers were the 3-5 minute sparklers that would last long enough for Clay and I to run through.
Love this girl!
Saturday we headed out to Springville to celebrate the Fourth with the Cochran family. This was my only good picture from the day, but I'd say it turned out pretty cute. Just about the entire Cochran side of the family was able to get together, so it was great to get to see everyone.
Between the laid-back family gatherings, fun times with friends, and our day at the river, this Fourth of July was the most fun I've had in a long time. George was totally into the fireworks, Clay and I got to enjoy time with our little family outside (I'm not much for being outside unless in a pool these days), and we got to see all of our families in one weekend without it feeling rushed. It was the perfect summer celebration- and now, we're just waiting on Nan!