Monday, July 5, 2010

Fireflies and Fireworks!

Don't you just LOVE the 4th of July?!?!
Summer is in full swing, and it's a time to celebrate our countries freedom and independence with our family and friends!

Our day began with Sunday morning church.
I was so excited for the girls to wear the matching dresses I made for them!

Seeing them in those dresses just thrilled my heart to no end! (I made sure "A" was okay with the whole "matchy matchy" thing before I went out and bought the fabric. She wasn't just okay with it...she was ecstatic!!! Like jumping up and down ecstatic! I took her to the store and she picked out her favorite patriotic fabric. She wanted a dress with stars on it and was so..... happy when she spotted this print!
Made my heart SMILE!!!)

After church we headed home for lunch and naps.
Then it was off to my parents house for a cookout and fireworks!
We indulged in grilled pork chops, pasta salad, baked beans, watermelon, and of course...dessert. My sister B made a delicious fruit pizza, and I brought this...

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake!

We all enjoyed the PERFECT summer evening.

Mommy and my sweet Sophie!

Shane and the boys--just hanging out...

The weather could not have been any more enjoyable!
The kids ran around the yard playing corn hole and chasing fireflies!

Then they all jumped in the pool for an evening swim!

Sophie and her Daddy!

Miss "A" having so much fun!

My sweet Riley!

After a full evening of summer fun...

we all gathered in my parents front yard to watch the fireworks! My parents live right across the street from a golf course, and every year they put on a wonderful display!

What a PERFECT ending to a PERFECT day!

17 comments:

Jessica K. said...

Looks like your family had a wonderful day!! I think it is so wonderful of you and your husband to take in such a precious child for a while, to give her a stable home, love and support! She will always benefit from this time spent with your family. Oh the love she is receiving, I can just imagine how it will change her forever!

Courtney said...

What a wondeful day. I love the girls in their matching dresses. So glad A is doing so well with your family. Happy 4th of July!

Love Being a Nonny said...

I love that first picture of the five of them! Man you are blessed. They are ALL so cute!!!

Do you know they make Corn Hole boards for kids??? They do and they are adorable!

Ally said...

What a sweet little family!! I'm glad yall had a wonderful fourth!

These Are The Days said...

You're the best! 'A' is so lucky to have you taking such great care of her. Loved all the matchy matchy. :)

Terri said...

What a wonderful day!!! I love the dresses and wish I would have seen them in person at church. You look gorgeous, too!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Blessings!!!!

Celia Jimenez said...

LOL...I'm just laughing at the fact that Sophie had her bow in her hair...IN THE POOL!!! Ever the little princess! :-) You guys look absolutely beautiful! SO glad that little sweet A got to be part of an amazing family for this 4th of July. I'm sure it'll be one she will NEVER forget!!!

Resisting Perfection said...

Love the pillowcase dresses you made the girls. The story behind them melts my heart! "A" seems SO sweet. Glad you had a great 4th!

Annie said...

Looks like a great day. I like their dresses, so cute. And they look divine.

Sarah said...

jenny, i have a full heart seeing the love and tenderness you freely give to precious A. i love that she got so super happy about picking fabric for a dress... bless you for making her a part of your family. your mom's house looks like the perfect family hang out - big yard AND and poll?! nice! :)

Ms. Elaine said...

I am just so impressed that you can get matching outfits made for all 5 kids! They do look so precious as well as it looks like they have lots of fun.

Susan said...

Looks like a wonderful celebration and love the kids outfits, especially the girls! I wonder if I can get my girls to wear those dresses now that we've entered the "tween" phase....

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

What a fun day! I love the outfits the kids are wearing. I can't believe how grown up Sophie is!!!

Beachy Chic said...

Reading through this post just made me grin....and sigh with a heavy heart.

What you are doing for little "A" is just amazing. Her smile is truely a marker of how loving your family is....she does not look like a displaced child but a member of your family.

God Bless you for giving that little girl the gift of a family's love.

Melanie said...

I love the girls' matching dresses! The photo of all the kids together is adorable!! I echo all of the previous comments...so glad for A to be with you! God is surely using this time in such a special way in her life & yours, as well!
So glad you had a blessed 4th!

Todd and Courtney said...

I just love your sweet family and it warms my heart that Miss A is having so much fun with ya'll!

Colleen said...

Hi Jenny,
I just wanted to comment on the girls' dresses. So adorable! How do you find the time to do this stuff?!!! Miss A is very lucky to be a part of your family. She clearly has been welcomed by your little ones.