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I’m not really blogging today.

That’s because it’s sort of the 4th of July today (since it was on a Sunday, most Americans are off work today as well), and because I haven’t even got the bones of a Q&A post put together.

So instead, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to so far this weekend.

On Saturday, my older three packed up their things for an overnight stay with their friends. They weren’t supposed to leave until 3:00, mind you, but their bags were packed by 8:30 am sharp.

Kids bags packed for sleepovers.

Anticipation will make you do things like that.

Zoe stayed home, though, by her own choice. And in the afternoon, she hopped into Mr. FG’s car along with Mr. FG and me to go to my cousin’s wedding.

A couple kissing at a wedding, in black and white.

She had the option of staying at a friend’s house along with the older three, but she wouldn’t hear of not coming to the wedding.

She didn’t really come for the ceremony, or the dinner, or the cake (though the cake was tasty).

A wedding couple cutting a cake.

No, Zoe came to the wedding because she loves to dance.

A little girl in a plaid dress dancing at a wedding.

She doesn’t ever seem to mind that she’s the shortest person on the dance floor…she just heads right on out and does her thing.

A little girl dancing at a wedding.

No one has ever showed her how to dance or talked her into liking it…dancing just seems to bubble up out of her when she hears music.

Look what was on the guestbook signing table! (though excuse my dreadful inability to take a picture of a picture!) It always makes me all happy inside to see my pictures being used. 🙂

A wedding guest book table with framed photographs.

Though I wasn’t the wedding photographer, I did keep busy with my camera. I documented my newest niece/nephew’s growth…

A pregnant woman in a red polka dot dress.

and took a photo for my parents (my mom was silly enough to ask me if I brought my camera!)

Kristen's parents, smiling at the camera.

We did eventually drag Zoe off the dance floor to take her home, and her exhausted little flip-flopped self fell asleep after about 5 minutes in the car.

Black and white photo of a little girl in a plaid dress.

After church on Sunday, I went over to my parents’ house to hang out with some extended family, most notably my uncle and cousins who are here from the Midwest.

I hung out by the pool and mercifully, Mr. FG stayed home with all of our tired, crabby offspring (3/4 of them took naps while I was gone!).

A teen guy in a swimming pool.

Because everyone was so tired, we decided to put off using our fireworks until tonight. We did set off a few snappers, though.

A boy and a girl setting off snappers on concrete steps.

I also played some DDR with Lisey (she’s my DDR buddy). Zoe, never one to miss out on an opportunity to dance, always dances on the floor next to us. 😉

A DDR mat on a carpet floor.

And this morning, we surprised the kids by taking them all out for bagels.

A toasted bagel half on a table.

It’s been a happy weekend, and we still have today and tomorrow before Mr. FG has to go to work. Life is good.

black and white photo of a girl eating a bagel.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. What have you been doing this holiday weekend (well, holiday if you’re in the U.S.!)?

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Elizabeth L.

Friday 9th of July 2010

Just wanted to say that the bridesmaid dresses were the same ones I wore (color and everything) in a wedding I was in last summer! They were great, comfy dresses and they had pockets. My favorite part was that they weren't too expensive :)


Wednesday 7th of July 2010

I agree. Her parents are ADORABLE! =) Loved the pics!

Jolyn@Budgets are the New Black

Wednesday 7th of July 2010

Oh, my. I always love your photos, but the one of your parents just made my heart sing. Their love for each other and for the photographer just shines through.


Wednesday 7th of July 2010

Just wanted to say you've got your dads nose and your moms smile. =) A great combination! =)

BarbS @ 1SentenceDiary

Wednesday 7th of July 2010

Had a great time in California! Enjoyed a brief vacation, saw wonderful fireworks on the beach, and got caught up in a marshmallow war that we knew nothing about. Yep, that's right, a marshmallow war. Kind of like a snowball fight, but with marshmallows (not a lot of snow in San Diego, I guess). It was a riot.

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