Chris Merritt came out with a new album in June and I am ashamed that it took me until now to listen to it, seeing as I am his #1 fan. The important thing is that I did and it is AMAZING! You know when you love an album so much you listen to it over and over, and then when that artist comes out with a new album and it just isn't as good as the first? Well that is not the case with record dos, I dare say there are more tracks I like on this album than on hello, little captain. Okay I could go on and on the point is their music is terrif and you need to check it out. Click here to listen or click his name.
Sorry the pics are dark or foggy, they love the lights and smoke machine at Classic
It was a blast whoever said Classic is lame never went there with us.
Can anyone say Huck Finn? Yes that is a stick he is trying to fish with.
Onto the Real Holiday
We started the day off by of course hitting the Parade
Seriously who doesn't love parades? I am right?
This is a bad picture but the highlight for me was seeing Immaculee Ilibagiza riding in the parade.
Following the Parade we did what every other red, white and blue blooded American does
We like so many others went to a park.
Monkey Bars CHECK!
Zip Line DOUBLE CHECK!!
We topped off the day with a hardy helping of fireworks. I prefer to sit on the steps of the Marriott Center to watch the Stadium of Fire Show.
By this time of day getting the kids to take a pic is ridiculous
I love to take pictures of fireworks
I know this picture is kinds dark but I didn't want to use the flash it ruins the effect. Milo loved the show. And apparently from the picture so did Chad.
This is my Grand Finale I LOVE this picture.
I want to give a shout out to all the "working moms" out there. I know all moms work, but it takes a lot to leave your kids and go out and earn a living. Tiff went back to week last week after having Dempsey and I am sharing in the babysitting, which I LOVE because I get her to myself and it is good practice for some day when I have three. But today when she dropped her off for the first time my heart broke to watch tiff having to leave and not wanting to. We both cried. So even though I am in a selfish way glad that I get to watch my niece I am heartbroken for Tiff, that she doesn't get to experience every moment of Dempsey. And all you moms out there that are in the same boat, I commend you. It isn't easy.
Gavin wasn't paying attention when they asked for the rings so Cam helped him and Gav just did his signature eye roll and head shake. I think he might have been a little embarrassed .
All in all it was a good wedding and if anyone is in need of a ring bearer in the future just all us we even have a pillow you can use.
Strawberry days kicked things off, on the outside looking in it would seem that strawberry days is just a motley bunch of people riding dirty rides that look like they will break any moment and sitting on old boards to watch people ride animals around in the dirt, let me inform you that YES that is indeed what it is. For some reason I have decided to join in the WT fun.
Yes we do have our baby standing up on the Ferris wheel. don't worry the friendly carnival worker told us to sit him down.
Something about a Ferris wheel that makes me feel artistic I guess
Gav decided he was too big for the kiddie rides and took this one for a spin, though I have to say I am not sure who was more scared, him or the girl next to us going "Who the crap are these people?"
The next night was spent at the rodeo, in a moment of insanity we signed Gavin up to do the Mutton Busting, for those of you not familiar with the Rodeo lingo I will translate we signed him up to ride a sheep. They told us that only one parent was allowed to go with him and I am so thankful that chad went for two reasons. The first being that I can't handle the smell of horse and cow poop, the second is that I was FREAKING OUT in my seat.
Gav did good though, but when he came back to the stand where we were sitting he was crying that he didn't take 1st. We need to work on his sportsmanship.
We went with some friends to s Bees Game. It was fun but at about the fourth inning my inner 6 year old came to the surface and could not pay attention to anything. Thank goodness I had a camera to keep me occupied.
Between bottom lip kissing and a double chin contest (that I don't have pictures for) the six year old me held up till the end of the game.