July 4th is an exciting holiday for our family. Chad takes an entire week off of work, and we spend the entire time at our cabin. We have good food, good friends, and lots and lots of good FUN!!!! The kids love it at the cabin. As soon as we turn onto the lake road, they are bouncing up and down in their car seats, clapping and cheering, "cabin- HOORAY!!!"
Little Bean so happy to be at the cabin:)
I love those pretty eyelashes.
Quick lunch on-the-go!
There are 4 little friends the same age as Eli. It has been so much fun watching them grow up together. Here are Reagan and Kendall enjoying a little lunch together.
We plan community meals for the weekend, and are each in charge of one. Chad and I has build-you-own quesadillas. Yummy!
Lots of good volleyball games take place!
Completely. Exhausted. From all the fun!
Campfires every night!!!
Chad and Chad watching the annual softball game with 50+ players!
Eli and his friend, Kasey watching the game.
Adi Bean just did her own thing during the game.
Eli up to bat- All by Himself!!
And he got a hit!!!! Run, Buddy, Run!!!
High-fives all around! Great job, Eliott!
Eli and cousin, Nathan.
Beanie didn't hit, but had to make it to 1st base for a treat!
Mmmmmm....Look at all those choices:)
Yummy candy necklace.
"In Loving Memory of Jared Tomala"
I believe there were 53 players that participated in the game this year! Mike did a great job of organizing...Soooo much fun!!!
Loren had the winning team, and Chad couldn't help but "Gatorade" him!
Such cute shirts from last year's float. "Take me out to Platte Lake....Get me some worms and my tacklebox"
Playing in the ball pit with friends, Ray and Belle.
Rickster 1 organizes a music trivia game every year.
Sitting around enjoying some trivia.
The kids spend lots of time on the swingset and in the sandbox!
Reinholz's and Family:)
Sweet Baby Alivia:)
Making some home-made strawberry ice cream....It was DELICIOUS!!!
Eli's turn to turn the ice cream. I didn't get a very good shot of them, but we also made tie-dye t-shirts for all of the kids from our past parade-winnings. They are laying out in the lawn to dry.
Eli was Buzz Lightyear for the float this year. He really was excited about it- just giving his "mad face".
There goes "Buzz"!
This year's theme- Platte Story 2011
Kasey giving Kendall a tatoo!
All dressed, and ready for fun!
Our little family shot!
Ready for the parade to begin...Look at that beautiful blue sky!
Jared and Jaylen were handing out little Toy Story army men.
Our cute little cow girl!
Love all the colors!
Love these Girls...Cabin friends- Erica, Julie, Jill, Steph, Tammy.
Chad and Jason always drive the Gator, and hold the babies- Who are they going to hold next year?!
Water squirter from Grandma Bette!!! Thank you!! And, Thanks to Kasey for "be-dazzling" Adi's cute shirt:)
Sharing chips with Rick....Check out Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head sitting around the campfire!
We took Shelbie to the cabin for our long week. She is the best dog, just wanders around and visits everyone. Then relaxes in the shade.
There they are again!
Little picnic lunch.
Eli and Kendall decorating cupcakes.
Great job, Kendall!
Friends, Ben and Eli showing off the shirts they made!
Time for a pontoon ride!
Eli and Ben spent so much time playing together. They are great buddies!
Jet-Ski ride with Daddy. Adi was not a fan. She said that she couldn't go for a ride because "I too yiddo" (I too little). Not sure where she came up with this, but it was all on her own. The things she started saying are cracking us up!!!
She didn't like jet-ski rides, but she loved to play in the water!
More picnics with friends!
A little sleepy this morning...Waking up with a movie.
We picked a beautiful week to be at the lake, and spent lots of time in the water!
And on the boats.
Jack took us all tubing one evening.
Eli wanted to tube, but wanted his friend, Ben to go with him. These 2 are very brave!
Bubbie was thinking he was going to be brave one night and sleep in his tent in the living room. He decided after about 10 minutes that he liked his bed better! Maybe next time:)
We really, really enjoyed our week together! Other than a few minor set-backs (2 trips to town for medication) we couldn't have asked for a better time! Although it was hard to pack up and head home, there is something nice about the comfort of home, and getting back into a routine. Now, as soon as I am caught up on the piles, and piles of laundry we will enjoy a couple play dates with friends, trips to the library, and fun at the play ground.