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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Fouth of July, Freedom, Fun, Friends, Fellowship......
We celebrated our country's independence by starting the weekend at the Croaker Fest selling handbags and participating in the parade. David Friedlein rode w/ the girls and had a blast! They rode in their "Bronx Bomber" (i.e. pink Yankees go-cart). The girls participated in a baking contest, but unfortunately they didn't place this year. Kristen had a blast scaring everyone w/ Papa's crazy mask. Later that night we enjoyed some of the fireworks while packing up. The next day we did a mini-Cantata singing songs about how blessed we are to live in this country. The church was decorated so beautifully and the girls had the opportunity to sing. We finished the night fellowshipping at the Payne's house. Monday our family met up w/ the Hairs and enjoyed the activities at Tryon Palace where we were able to hear the reading of the Declaration by costumed characters and a fife and drum concert. A bit later, we had a picnic on the back lawn while the girls played "cricket." We came home to rest a bit and take care of the animals and then went to the Hairs' house for some great food and fellowship. We left early w/ them to get a good spot for the fireworks. We found a great place (or so we thought) w/ them and the Friedleins. We had room to play a few games of Boche and room for all our chairs and blankets. The Marine Corps band was fantastic. As the fireworks began, though, we realized our view was 1/2 blocked by a motel!! AGHHH! Oh well, the kids loved it anyway and it was so sweet to watch all of their sweet faces take it all in! We love this country and are so thankful for the blessings God has given us because of it!