Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independence Day 2012

We spent the 4th with our some of our favorite people, the Hatch family.  Chance brought a crazy amount of fireworks and we ate a crazy amount of food.  Such a nice holiday with great weather, too.

Emma was blowing bubbles and Noah decided to get in on that action.  I guess.  He's the oddest boy. 

The sun was sooo bright, but the kids loved it.  Noah and Megan hanging on the hammock:

Michelle looks lovely as ever.  Check out Chance's firework stash!

Mia spent the night being needy.  Thankfully, she really took to Michelle so I had a little break from holding her all night.  And check out how much her eyes have lightened up. 

Love this one of Noah.  Smudged face, glasses askew, eating junk food....its totally him.

Our preteens spent most of the time being weird and rude to everyone around them.  I can't believe Tyler starts middle school in 2 months.  I'm in denial about it.

And then the fireworks started...

Happy Independence Day!
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
~Patrick Henry, 1775 
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
~Abraham Lincoln, 1863 Gettysburg Address