The big boys and I kicked off the day by making our annual dessert. (Chocolate chip cookies dipped in milk, covered with cool whip, layered with more dipped cookies and cool whip before topping with whatever you want) It is seriously so simple and easy but really really yummy, I don't know why we only make it once a year. But, once a year it is. They were big helpers, had fun, and have enjoyed it lots.
After we made our dessert and Layton woke up from his morning nap, we were off to the pool. This has become a 4th of July tradition for us since we had Garrison. Sadly, this was probably our last visit to our neighborhood pool. But hopefully we'll have our very own one day in the future and the tradition can continue!
Layton seemed to like our tradition. His first 4th was pretty fun.
The pool wore this one out. He jumped in to daddy over and over and over again.
Of course he found his second wind after Garrison got out. (Garrison continues to do great with swimming so hopefully swimming lessons are behind us and becoming a strong swimmer is on the horizon.)
After lunch and naps we got ready to go out to eat... another 4th tradition for us. While everybody else is grilling out, we're eating out... and letting somebody else do the cooking and cleaning for us. (I'm sure the tradition will change next year when we're in B'ville, but while we lived in Covington and did the 4th on our own, it was perfect.) This year we had a gift card to Long Horn so our family of 5 enjoyed a delish meal.
But not before mama got some pictures.
(My children may or may not avoid cameras like the plague when they're older due to their mama making them suffer through TONS of mini phots shoots as children.)
Layton's first 4th of July!
July 4, 2014... 5 years, 2.5 years, and 4 months.
We had a crazy start to our dining experience but once things settled down I found myself blinking back tears I was so grateful for my family. Love my boys! All 4 of them. =)
I think we really made the most of our last holiday here. America's birthday sure was fun.