Family and the 4th of July

We were so excited to get to have so much family come into town this past week! All of my siblings except 1 (we missed you Dantzel and family!) were able to come spent the 4th of July here with us in Atlanta, and it was THE BEST!

Our first guests were my little brother Ryan, and his wife, Meghann. We only got to briefly meet Meghann at the wedding, so it was so great to get to spent time with her and to get to know her. She is awesome and perfect for my little brother. We are so blessed to have her in our family. I am so glad they were able to come and that we were able to have a few days with just them before everyone else arrived.

We decided to take them to the Battery outside the new Stadium. We checked out the little splash pad and were sure to introduce them to one of Atlanta's best, Antico's! To top off the afternoon, we got ourselves some Baskin Robbin's for dessert. Meghann is Memphis's new "best bud". That evening my little sister, Lindsey, and her husband, Kenny, came over and we had a fun game night after the kids went to bed.

Memphis (the raccoon) just chillin' with his best bud

On Sunday, we all went to church together, took naps, hung out, I cut the boys hair, made twisty sticks, and prepared for the rest of the party to arrive. My brother, Rhet and his family, drove in around 8PM, and not to long after, Tiffani and her family arrived as well. By 8:30 the party was on!

We spent the evening, catching up, and just enjoying each others company. The cousins were so excited to all be together.

On Monday morning, the adults got to get away for a delicious brunch at Bantum & Biddy. SO GOOD! It is so nice to have cousins old enough to babysit:) Score for me!

We were sad that Lindsey and Kenny weren't able to join us there, but it was fun to get out together, eat delicious food, and to be able to have some good conversations without interruptions. Oh I just love my siblings and their spouses! I have the best family ever.

After lunch, we headed back and had fun around the house. We went to a local park, had a water balloon fight, some of the kids played in the kiddie pool, and we had a fun family BBQ and movie night. We topped the night off with some awesome fireworks. I nearly died, but it was pretty fun. Jada and Tucker were both scared and spent most of the time in the car, but Memphis was loving it and even got to help Aunt Jessica light a few! What a lucky man.

On our final firework, it was one of those big ones that shot off 6 aerials. Unfortunately, after the first one, the tube fell over, sending fireworks bursting in different directions. As soon as I saw it tip, I turned around and ran. Apparently as I did, one shot off right in my direction and "was just like a scene from a movie" me running as the bomb bursts behind. Scary! But apparently awesome to everyone else who witnessed it.

My Little Climbers

Michael said that he was going to fill up water balloons for the kids, but when I went to find him, I found him like this:) I think he loves the new swing!

Crazy Cousins!

On Tuesday, the 4th, my brother and his family spent the morning with us then had to head on home to Charleston. Bummer. But not before getting one last photo of all the cousins.

Meanwhile, the rest of us headed over to some friends to celebrate the 4th with a little BBQ and pool fun. We were pretty nervous about the rain ruining our afternoon, but it let up enough for us to have our fun. It was perfect.

We finished off the night with pizza and a movie for the kids. That evening Lindsey and Kenny joined us for some games and fun before calling it a night. It was great.

On Wednesday morning, we had to say goodbye to Ryan and Meghann. They got up early, we said our goodbyes, and they headed back to Omaha. We were so glad they came to visit!

Later that morning, Tiffani and I took the kids to X-Drenaline for a long day of fun. 5 and a half hours of fun to be exact. We took a time out for some Chick-fil-A lunch, then kept the fun going. The kids sure loved it. Memphis had so much fun he passed out after a few hours:)

On Thursday, we headed back over to Battery park so the kids could play and so that the Harris clan could try out Antico's and Fox Brothers. It was all so good. The kids loved playing in the water and all enjoyed the good eats. Tucker especially loved playing with a ball we found and enjoyed trying to get it to stay on top of the water shooting out. It was pretty impressive.

That night after the kids were in bed, Tiffani, Michael and I watched "Country Strong" and enjoyed relaxing.

Friday was another day of fun. Tiffani and family went to visit my sister in Midtown, while the kids and I ran some errands and went swimming with our friends at their pool.  That evening, the kids had another movie night (their favorite), while the adults enjoyed some Mexican take out. Lindsey and Kenny joined us in the evening and we had another fun game night, followed by another movie, but this time it was "The Blind Side". Sticking with the Tim McGraw theme.

On Saturday morning, we had a delicious breakfast, played, helped the Harris family pack, then said our goodbyes. Tiffani and her family headed off that morning, making the party officially over:( We were sad to see them go, but we were so glad that they could come, as well as the rest of my siblings that were able to make it. It was a fantastic week. I can't thank everyone enough for coming to visit us. It was the best!
Matching Dos:)

Until next time everyone! We sure love you all!