Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrating the Fourth

We started our Fourth of July celebrating early by watching some fireworks on the 3rd.  Our pool has a wonderful view of the fireworks set off by a local ski resort.  So our pool stays open for the fireworks and has lots of fun things planned.  The fireworks didn’t start until 10pm and we kept Sammy awake by letting him eat endless supply of snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn!

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The view (picture from my phone):

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Sammy also put his swimming skills to the test and tackled the water slide (password sammy) (sorry about Tim’s thumb in the video):

Sammy Takes on the Water Slide from bytesofmemory on Vimeo.

The next day we were off to my parent’s house.  We always have a blast at the lake and the Fourth of July there never disappoints!  Sammy decided to give kayaking a try for the first time and he really loved it!  We stayed close to the shore right by parent’s house so the holiday traffic didn’t tip him over! Next time the lake is calmer we will go for a longer trip!

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We of course had to check out the train on our lake tour:

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Even with all of the boat traffic we still saw a fair share of wildlife.  We saw a blue herron, a sunny fish that a friend of my parent’s caught, and some turtles sunning themselves:

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Captain Sammy took over right where he left off driving the boat.  He will be able to drive this thing on his own in a few short years!

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Next up was some tubing fun.  Sammy was super brave and went tubing without me and sat in the seat by himself.  He also helped Captain Pop Pop with the flag when he flipped everyone over!

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I got in on the tubing action some and it was so fun to hear Sammy yelling faster and giggling hysterically as we flew around the lake.  (Nicia, me, and Sammy)

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We had the boat loaded up with people for the AMAZING fireworks show.  Sammy loved that his Aunt Nicia was able to come this year and sat up front with her:

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While we were waiting for the fireworks to start my parent’s neighbor was showing Sammy the names of different stars on his phone.  We could also see another plant (I don’t remember what it was though):

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Sammy went the fireworks started:

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Here were my best attempts at taking pictures of fireworks on a boat..

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There is some room for improvement that’s for sure!

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Here is a quick video of the fireworks that I shot with Instagram:

Lake Fireworks from bytesofmemory on Vimeo.

Someone had this awesome remote controlled airplane with lights on it.  They flew it from their boat right after the fireworks show!

Remote Control Airplane from bytesofmemory on Vimeo.