We had a busy and wonderful 4th of July 10 days . DS, his wife, 2 DD, MIL, BIL, NIL, and NIL stayed with us. Oldest grandson and 3 cousins stayed up the street and DD and friend stayed at the cabin. Good news is GS came in a week early and painted porches, walked dogs, took out kayaks, etc etc. Paddle boating and kayaking and swimming made for fun fitness this week. And walking up and down the hill to the lake. Land used to almost be flat but is a hill now I've aged.
Knee boarding etc was enjoyed by younger kids now in 20's.
Healthy snacks were available. Different folks did food nights. Welcome taco bar was done by oldest grandson. I did the next two nights with roast Turkey meal and a meal catered by WordsAfterwords that included Hickory smkd ribs, tuscan vegetables, Greek pasta, humus, etc etc. DS did the July 4th cookout. His MIL and BIL took us to Mongolain grill Fri nite, Sat. night granddaughter and cousin made cinnamon chicken and fresh green beans. Funny how the younger kids go for the veggies and have changed the focus of holiday meals.
Pictures were taken.
All worked together to decorate the pontoon boat for the community boat parade. We had the local woodworker, E and L Cypress clocks make the kneeling soldier at prayer and put up the banner "USA--Freedom to Worship" Then the boat was wrapped in wood design cloth and everyone wore an animal costume and other animals were added. One man dressed as Noah. Alas, our Ark of Freedom to Worship did not even get 3rd place.
But the winning part was that all worked together and wore the theme.
We watched fireworks from the boat. cheered at the talent contest. Clapped for the bands. Ate some of the food,... but I didn't do gator on a stick. Evenings we played board games. All had fun. And they did 2000 piece puzzles.
Youngest attendee was 13 and oldest 83 and it was wonderful.
We bless them for working around the house cutting trees, cementing, etc. etc. We thank them for the help.