4th of July in Indiana--we hadn't seen Nai and Pop in a really long time and figured 4th of July would be the perfect time to go visit. We also go to see Jen and Mike as well as Hildy, Lilia and Jenna. The highlights of Indiana on the 4th include Lake Michigan and lots of fireworks! Here are some pictures of our fun there!
Emily went on a walk with Aunt Hildy to the beach....she assured us she would stay out of the water so she didn't have a suit on....silly us!
One of Emily's favorite lake activities is being thrown in the water, that was until she discovered she could "throw" daddy in the water instead! Emily also "swam" out to the buoy (see it way out there) with Jen, Lilia and I several times and thought she was pretty hot stuff each time!
Aunt Jen reading one of her favorite books to Emily!
This isn't a great picture of Lilia and Payton but I love it, because I have a very similar picture of Lilia and I when Lilia was just about Payton's size.
Payton at the beach. She enjoyed the water, but was equally happy simply sitting on the sand playing.
Payton after lunch on our last day there....clearly she had more than enough fun!
Lil miss Sassy pants!
The girls watching fireworks on the beach. I think Em would have stayed up all night long watching them if we had let her!
Shortly after 4th of July we went to St. Louis to visit Martha and Nick. Our typical St. Louis adventure includes the zoo, we also went swimming at a river, played at Toddler time at their church, and ate some fabulous bbq and ice cream.
Nick and Em hanging out!
One of our favorite part of the zoos is the penguins. We usually try and get a picture instead with the penguins, however this was our last stop of the day and we were getting cranky so we didn't get one.
Both girls loved the carousal ride!
Payton has recently discovered her love of ice cubes so I had been putting them on her stroller chair. As they melted she would try and lick the water off the tray!
Family picture with the penguins!
Emily sitting on the pincher bug...this was especially exciting for her because her and her classmates are all about bugs right now!
This was the sign at the river we went swimming at. Yep...we went swimming in a deadly river!
Payton also got her first experience with sweet corn. Needless to say it was a huge hit!
A week later we went up to the QC for my cousin's wedding. The wedding was beautiful, but Em's favorite part was the dancing at the reception. Unfortunately dancing didn't start until WAY after bedtime, so we didn't get to do much of it, but enjoyed a little. The next day we met mom, dad, Mar and Nick at Iowa Machine Shed for brunch, and went on a tractor ride. We then headed to John Deere Commons for kids day and had fun riding and climbing tractors and doing lots of other farm related activities.