My parents had a big party at their house for the 4th.
My brother was in town for the weekend, but he had to leave before the party. So sad!
Here he is again with his fiancé, Bridget. Aren’t they sweet? Awwww.
There was swimming.
Even Veronica was brave enough to go off the board.
Some people chose to hang out inside and watch “Life”.
Some chose the finer things.
Some remained near the food…
The kids made a fort downstairs.
While the swimming continued outside…
…(complete with more jumping)…
…meat was being grilled.
Lots of meat.
The dogs were hopeful that something would fall their way.
Outside looking in. I don’t think she was ready to be done yet.
But she was tired.
She wasn’t the only one.
There was no shortage of food. Everyone contributed.
And there were plenty of fun things to drink.
Beef cross-ribs. Yum.
These didn’t last long. Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar – on top of a generous cracker.
Brian made chili before he left. Thanks Brian! Tasty, but spicy.
All dried off and ready to eat.
In addition to all the snacking I did, I also had this plate full of meat. Although I did split the cheeseburger with Paul. Really.
Can’t forget dessert! My mom made Strawberry Shortcake. Shortcakes!
And I made these cupcakes.
After dessert, the guys needed to smoke cigars and discuss things.
Jacinta preferred to stay inside.
Veronica noticed that the babies were getting some attention. She had to get in on the action.
And all the while, still there was swimming. I don’t think the pool was ever empty the entire time we were there.
We had to go before it was fully dark in order to get the girls to bed on time. We caught glimpses of a couple fireworks on the way home. With the new law, maybe next year we will get to set some small ones ourselves! It was a great party…but I don’t envy whoever did the dishes.