The 4th of July this year was a bit crazy for us! We enjoyed spending time with lots of out of town friends that came in for the holiday only. Our good friends John & Tara Quick were here from Denver and our good friends Matt & Heather VanEck and their daughter Brooklyn (we haven't seen the 3 of them for a year) came from sunny CA for a few days. We also had some family here, my mom & dad and my brother Jake was in town for the first time over the 4th in 2 or 3 years. We spent time at the carnival, sat at the parade (I was in the parade while everyone else looked on,) watched the fireworks, layed in the hammock, and ate too many red, white and blue cupcakes. And through it all we suffered migraines, blisters, heat, bugs, loud fire engine horns, stomach "stuff" and bad attitudes. We did however manage out of all this to take a great family picture, minus one child having her eyes closed! (See previous blog of "Family Pictures" to realize importance of this feat.) God Bless America!