We had a very enjoyable 4th of July, even though I ended up getting (what I think was) food poisoning and spending most of the actual holiday on the couch!
Emma and I drove down on Thursday morning. Travis came down Friday night, since he had to work on Friday. My brother, SIL and nephew were already there when Emma and I got there. My younger brother and SIL came up for dinner on Thursday night – they spent the rest of the weekend down in Indiana with her family.
Friday, my dad and I ran to Walmart before breakfast for a few things, which is when I started feeling sick. I thought it was because I had drank 1 1/2 cups of strong coffee and not eaten much. After breakfast, we took a pontoon ride, which I enjoyed laying down.
The rest of the day, I pretty much just laid on the couch. More family arrived around dinnertime. I was feeling slightly better – enough to be up and moving around some, but not enough to eat any dinner. I stayed up just until Travis arrived and then hit the sack – so I missed the fireworks this year! :( Around midnight, I ended up throwing up a couple of times. I felt better the next day, but then I got a massive headache and have been extremely dizziness since. So weird. I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she said it should go away in 7-10 days. ::Here’s hoping.::
Anyway, our family reunion was on the 5th so that day, we all got dressed up in our Superhero costumes. I didn’t take any pictures the whole weekend so I’m waiting on the people who did to post their pictures. My SIL Jen was on the ball as always (with taking pictures AND uploading them), so that’s where all of these pictures came from. ;) Thanks Jen!
The evening of the 5th, our group activity was an obstacle course that me, Travis and my parents put together. My uncle Roger told the story that the Iraqis had a huge stash of beer that they were going to pour into the Red Sea so we had to go in and save the beer! The first obstacle was zigzagging around 5-gallon buckets with pool noodles sticking out. Then we had to cross over a kiddie pool balancing on a 2 x 4. The next was crawling under “laser beams” – string attached to tall wooden stakes. Then we ran into the “burning building” – painted cardboard hung on the garage with a cutout for the door – and grabbed a water balloon – the “beer” – and carried it down the driveway on a shovel. Once that was accomplished, we threw 3 tennis balls at 3 cups to knock them over – which was “killing the bad guy”. Three people raced at a time, one from each of 3 teams. 100 points per person were possible – 30 for the obstacles, 30 for the water balloon, and 30 for the cups (10 each), plus 10 for being the first one to finish in your round. It was a lot of work to plan, set up and tear down, but everyone really enjoyed it! I think we have to do something like that every year.
The 6th was the best day weather-wise, so we spent a lot of it out on the water. We went swimming, floating, paddleboarding, jetskiing, waterskiing and kayaking. Emma loved being in the water, once she got used to the temperature.
We even got the dogs in on the action (though they didn’t get wet at all).
I’ll post more pictures of our costumes once those get uploaded to FB. Looking at you Jayme!