We had a wonderful Independence Day as a family. We hung out with the Clements and Westwood ward at McKellips park/lake.
All the kids were good and put on their life jackets, and Chase was a great daddy and took all of them on nice long canoe rides- a big feat since the lake wasn’t all that big!
Hannah was so proud of herself for paddling the whole ride (she’s the brave one) while Brad seemed to have a harder time adjusting to the boat.
And this is the only picture I got of Bekah in the water, and of course she has her back to me.
Next we headed down to the bathrooms and the playground (all the way at the other end of the park from the boat ramp)
Once we got to the top of the hill by the bathrooms Dustin turned it around and Brad climbed in with Dustin for a fun ride back down assisted only by gravity and the cool steering system that cousin Blake helped rig up. In Brad’s words- “it was totally uncool!” while giving a thumbs up, he really loved it so i guess we need to work on his vocabulary a little bit…
Sam walked some of this trek on his own when he wasn’t riding on Chase’s shoulders. He made pretty good time, except for when the pretty older girls walked by he would get distracted.
Then we actually got to the playground. it was so fun that chase actually came with us this year, (the last time he came was when Hannah was less than a month old). He really got into playing with the kids.
After all the energy was spent we went back the main area and watched fireworks from our blanket on a hill. I really enjoyed them, but the kids were more interested in the glow sticks provided by the ward, Sam was having a hard time with hill (yup, he kept rolling down the hill on accident) and this was when Chase finally declared he was ready to go home. (he has a hard time any time he has to sit still and he doesn’t have a computer in front of him) but we stuck it out all the way till the end. We got home a little before 11, and our kids all had a hard time at church on Sunday- brad slept through sacrament meeting and Bekah slept through primary, but it was all worth it and we had a blast.