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Independence Day

We woke up and left town on JUly 4th to head to Eric's family's house for the weekend. Several of his cousins were coming in and his mom was celebrating her 60th birthday, so we had a lot to look forward to. Plus, the fact that it was in the upper 70s made it even more perfect!

It was surprisingly a pleasant car ride.  I honestly thought that it would be rough following vacation, but the kids were in a good mood and even participated in a family dance party!  After thoroughly embarrassing our selves in the car, we made it to Marion and went straight to the home place to spend time with Eric's family. 

The kids had a great time playing in the rocks, throwing baseball, blowing bubbles, tossing cornhole, and just being together.  Eric's mom and aunts put together a little scavenger hunt for them too.  It was super cute, and they were all excited to get prizes to take to the fireworks.

As always, the food was superb!  I really can not tell you how much I enjoy everything Eric's family makes.  I pretty much gain five pounds every time we go! 

After dinner we headed to Tolu for some small town fireworks.  We were closer to the action than in Bowling Green, so I was excited to see the kids reactions.  While we waited for the show to start, they played with their goodies from the scavenger hunt and enjoyed some snowcones!

So, the fireworks - I wasn't expecting much, but boy was I wrong!  Ya'll we were all up in the action.  I think everyone from a 100 mile radius was there, so the flatbed trailer they used to set off the fireworks was a little too close for comfort.

We had to lean completely back in our seats and look straight up to see them because we were so close.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that pieces of debris from the cannons fell into the crowd landing in our cups and on our chairs.  I was nervous a time or to.

As you can see, the kids loved it!  It was a little long to hole their attention, but they had a great time and were nice and ready for bed which is always a good thing!


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