I just realized I forgot to post photos from the 4th of July. My grandmother’s house is on Vashon Island. My parents grew up here (within walking distance of each other), I lived here as a young child, and my siblings, cousins and I have spent many, many summers and holidays at this house, which serves as the gathering place for the extended family and many friends. There has always been a big 4th of July party here, since there is a giant fireworks display that happens directly in front of the house, so close that we can sometimes get ash raining down on us and floating in the pool. The house just went on the market, so we knew there was a chance this could be the last big 4th of July at the family home.
This 4th was a bit different, since some cousins and my sister were not able to make it due to recent moves and other obligations. Those missing included everyone else with kids. I was worried that my kids would have no one to play with, a first for our family gatherings that would normally include their eight cousins on my side. Luckily, our longtime friends the Wells came with their sweet kids Finn and Anouk and they were fast friends. 4th of July is saved!
Be forwarned: there are 37 pictures in this post 🙂 Mostly for the benefit of the absent family members who want to see what they missed.
Miss Paige with Finn, Anouk and James.
Sophia trying to climb down the stairs headfirst. She did that a lot.
Miriam was very proud of her “trick.” We had to keep a close eye on her because the water on either side was definitely way over her head! I love how she holds her arms out for balance.
James trying the “trick,” a little more cautiously with a life jacket 🙂
Auntie Rosie! AKA Jenny Rose Wilson, who earned her DOCTORATE in Nursing Practice and her certification as a Nurse-Midwife just weeks before. She is now Dr. (and Midwife) Wilson!
Auntie Rosie is an excellent babywearer and scoops up Sophia in a sling or wrap whenever she can. Sophia is very happy about it. We decided a lovely wrap would definitely be a good baby shower present someday. Paul said we should cut to the chase and just get one as a wedding present, whenever the wedding might happen. Ahem. 🙂
Uncle Jonathan and his epic hair.
My Uncle Bob.
All my kids loved my Uncle Jack. James was so attached to Uncle Jack and his games that he insisted over and over that Uncle Jack had to come have a sleepover at our house “for ONE HUNDRED DAYS!” and he cried in bed at night because Uncle Jack had to leave the next day. Uncle Jack had to come in and console him himself.