My crew returned home from the Catechism retreat pretty much just to do laundry and pack again. We hit the road early Friday morning and drove all day to South Dakota. (Playaways are the best thing ever invented for road trips.)
We arrived just in time for pre-4th of July festivities at Kyle and Lisa's house.
There were plenty of cousins everywhere--1st cousins, 2nd cousins, you name it, and they were there.
Basketball, bike riding, and front porch performances kept us entertained that evening.
Fireworks were lit as the sun went down.
The next morning, the 4th of July, we were up early to participate in the local parade.
We missed out on decorating the float, but I think sitting on it was more fun, plus we'll take the credit for getting 1st place. ;)
Being a float in the middle of the parade allowed us to enjoy watching the end of the parade too! Super Mario and Luigi made an appearance and gave the kids candy.
Anna was checking out the candy scene and even got a flag and frisbee!
Temperatures were rising as the day went on. Can you tell?
Here's the famous family photo!
After the photo it was time to find some food, AC, and family with which to hang out and visit.
The children had fun cooling off on slip n' slides, pools, and
Here's an all boys table because who wants to sit with a bunch of girls, right?
Reminiscing over old photos always brings back some pretty hilarious memories. Uncle Conrad had 5 Meliuses in his class that weren't siblings. #SmallTownProblems. Grandpa Claire used get out of the shower and check his rain gauge wearing just a towel around his waist. Yes, there really is a photo of that.
You can't sit around too long when there's Corn Hole to play.
Here's a cousin photo! Who's missing? Here's to 2020. Be there or be square, but cousins we'll see you in 2017, right? Florida?