Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fearless Boatmen!

Somehow Jules and Elliott got it in their heads they wanted to make some boats. Perhaps their inspiration was our recent outing to the Cardboard Boat Regatta, or perhaps our visit to Tante Emmy and Oom Jan?

Design, assembly, and decoration 

Carrying the boats to the creek for testing 

Approaching the boat launch 

Hoisting up the sail 

Following the breaking of some expensive champagne bottles
 on the hulls, the boats were launched 

The initial seaworthiness check did not go well 

However, it was determined the boats could be used as 
towed barges back and forth across the creek 

Until the sodden cardboard failed structurally 

Thus, the boats met their final resting place

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4th of July Fireworks 2014!

A Virginia tradition, we set off driveway fireworks for the 4th...

Sparklers! 

Snakes! 

More sparklers! 

Remains of the show.

Jules stayed up late and saw the "real" fireworks for the first time!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

4th of July Parade 2014!

For the first time as a family, we went to a 4th of July parade ...

Awaiting the parade's arrival

Police motorcycles! 

Big men in little cars! 

ANIMAL! 

Horses! 

Cultural extravaganzas! 

Joining the end of the parade!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Burke Lake Birthday Party!

One of Jules' friends had his birthday party at Burke Lake recently...

Come on and ride it! 

(The Train) 

Cake! 

A case of blue tongue 

contagious, apparently 

Elliott and Daddy bring up the rear

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Minecraft-themed Birthday Party!

Two of our neighbor's daughters share the same birthday, albeit separated by a few years. They graciously donated their birthday presents to those less fortunate than themselves.

Watching "Annie" as the guests arrive 

Ba-woons! 

Hot dogs! 

This was the greatest! The girls both love Minecraft, so their Mom made cakes to form the land and then guests added blocks to build the cake! 

Candy served as the special items and features from the game 

It may look bizarre, but it was delicious and all the kids absolutely loved it! A totally unique and awesome birthday cake!

Water balloon games! 

Ker-splash! 

PiƱata in a Minecraft TNT theme 

CANDY!!