We were able to spend the 4th with my sister, Amy, and her family with us for the week. Since we had moved, life has been so crazy I hadn't had a chance to really do any shopping for the house. So the first day they were here, Amy and I headed up to chicago to shop all things fun like homegoods and ikea! Amy had never been to ikea so I got to introduce her to the whole new world it is. I know all our friends are always aghast but I tell you, they weren't around "our parts" growing up. : ) We had lots of fun and found some good finds.
The fun part of ikea? Assembly! Good thing Uncle Ken had such good helpers.
Having fun shopping with Cole and Aunt Amy
They brought their dog Oliver . . .you may remember from posts long ago how much Ava loves Oliver? Kate and Olivia quickly joined the fan club. : )
Ava and Sophie were quite the pair all week
Olivia having fun with new play doh
The morning of the 4th, we headed to a local parade
Then headed home to grill out for lunch
That evening we to a local 4th of July concert in a park and had a picnic dinner. It was warm but it was nice and laidback and just fun to be together.
I couldn't believe how long Kate and Olivia sat and listened so intently
Maybe I should maybe make you all guess who. : )
Cole and Kate
Cole and Olivia
It was a good thing towards the end my girls got snuggly . . . .I was a little cold.
Amy and Sophie
My pictures randomly mixed up and it was too many to fix : )
So back to waiting for the parade to start
After the concert we got settled in for fireworks. Snow cones anyone?
Ken & Soph
Ken & Cole
Cole and one of his buddies
Probably one of my favorite pictures of the week.
Kate loved the fireworks
Olivia did NOT like the fireworks
Snuggling and reading books with Aunt Amy their last night
And back to the parade
These three always make me laugh . . .
such goofy girls
(notice Kate unwrapping candy already)
Sophie and me
Notice a theme with Olivia and noise?
Can't wait for you guys to come back!