Thursday, November 13, 2014

Red, White and Blue

Winter arrived in Minnesota this week.  And it was Veteran's Day, so it seemed fitting to do a patriotic summer photodump of our Independence Day celebrations. 
We have now spent the 4th of July morning in Wayzata at the pancake breakfast for the past two years.  It is a hit, for everyone.  Miniature trains, cannons, Lake Minnetonka, big trains, family and pancakes.  What's not to love?

We met up with our train-loving cousins and they watched trains while the adults waited in the looooonngggg line to get pancakes.

Then we found a spot near the water to have our pancake picnic.

And attempted a picture of the four cousins...this is the BEST one....eeek. 

This was the beginning of Hattie coming out of her shell.  These are the first pictures in a public place that I'm not holding her and she's not clinging to my leg.

I love when I catch a look on Griffy's face.  He already looks older than this now...I'm glad to have this look captured.

Our cousins....what a beautiful family.
Nice smile...Griff.

I also love when I capture a look of love.  Look how he loves her.  And the joy he brings her.  LOVE.
If you want to know a certain way to a little boy's heart....wrestle and rough play.  Pa's got it down.
...and the way to a little girl's heart:).
I love how Pa is just laying in the middle of the pancake picnic in downtown Wayzata...
...winning them all over.

Then we rounded out the morning with a game of kiddie golf. 

These are the pictures I save for when they join the pro-tour someday and I can say that I was their caddy long ago.  Levi couldn't fall asleep the night before because he was so nervous/excited for his golf tournament.  Already so dedicated.

I have really started to enjoy the 4th of July.  It's a genius holiday.  No muss, no fuss, no presents.  Celebrating Freedom.  With family and friends.  Thank you to all who make our freedom possible.

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