Another family holiday . . . but just another day of work for Dave! My sweet hubby had to work the night shift on the 4th . . . but his hard work at his job makes it possible for his family to celebrate this great day together on our farm by fishing and swimming.
His brother, Joe, and wife, Marlana, and their children all came down to Ferrell Farm to spend the 4th with us! I was so glad to have Joe and Marlana there with me. It helped to make the holiday special for the boys since Dave was at work. And since I actually woke up on Wednesday with a sore throat and a summer head cold, I really appreciated their help!
After Dave left for work, Joe took the boys to Ferrell Pond for an afternoon of fishing.
The boys love fishing so much! Aunt Michelle and Uncle John gave all 3 boys fishing poles and tackle boxes for Christmas last year so the boys have been dying to go fishing. I love the distorted perception of this picture. It looks like the fish is larger than Alex!
Here is a more true to size picture of the "giant" fish!
Everyone caught fish! Even Madison racked up some big ones!
Here's Alex, Zach, and cousin Chandler showing off their afternoon catch.
Marlana whipped up some hamburger patties . . . (cause I was sick remember) ( love having family take care of the boys and me)
Uncle Joe grilled the burgers and hotdogs to perfection. . . . after catching the gas grill on fire . . . but perfection none the less . . . LOVE that expression on his face!
While they were getting supper ready, the boys cleaned their fish.
Chandler taught Zach and Alex how to clean a fish . . . Here's Zach cleaning his first fish . . .
So that's our 4th of July. No fireworks. No Barbeque. No Dave.
We celebrated on the 5th of July instead! Dave was off the rest of the weekend so we shot the fireworks on Friday night, the 5th of July.
Yep that was us. Sorry neighbors . . .
The Ferrell boys dressed up for the show! Ha!
Shane loved the sparklers . . . until a burning ember landed on the top of his foot!
Dave let the boys "help" with the fireworks . . . with lots of his supervision . . .
Love those little boys . . .
In fact LOTS of adult supervision . . . Marlana and Joe jumped to help supervise . . .
Dave, Joe, and the children fished and swam all day Friday and Saturday before the Joe Ferrell family headed back home. While the boys fished and swam, Marlana, Madison, and I painted and crafted together. Marlana brought some wooden cut-outs for us to paint. Here's my cross:
Marlana's cross and letter "F":
As you can tell from the many pictures and this long and very involved post . . .
It was a great and fabulous 4th of July weekend for. . . .
the Ferrell boys and me!