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July 4th Blowout

Thank goodness the rain let up late yesterday afternoon so we were able to have our annual July 4th bash. We were missing a few regulars (neighbors Paul & Tokeah & their kids as well as neighbors Jim & Nancy) but we had a few new faces this year (Kaitlin's friend, Lydia and Brandon's friend, Brady).

Corby has a mishap first thing yesterday morning. While going down the deck stairs to get Cinnamon to go potty in the rain, he slipped and fell. He hurt his ankle, his arm and tore up some of his toenails. He won't be wearing flip flops on a wet deck again! He rested for a little while, but is fine.

While we were waiting for the rain to stop and company to arrive, the kids played board games. They played Scrabble, Life and Trivial Pursuit.

The skies finally cleared enough for the party to begin. Corby grilled burgers, brats & hot dogs, and we had a slaw salad (great recipe from my cousin Diana), baked beans, deviled eggs, watermelon, etc. Then it was time to shoot off fireworks, and there was certainly a huge light show in Park City! Between everyone that was here, we had about 3 hours of fireworks! Great evening with the kids, the family and friends!

Of course, we had a mess to clean up this morning!

Brandon was home for the weekend, but unfortunately he had to leave early this morning and be at work by 10am. I imagine he'll be pretty tired tonight! It was great having him home - he doesn't come home much anymore. Can't believe he's 21 and will be a senior at K-State in about 6 weeks!

Kaleb is home for a longer visit. He will be going back Thursday evening. We're enjoying having him home too. Sure do miss his sarcastic wit when he's gone!

Lydia is spending a few weeks with us. She and Kaitlin are such good buddies, and I'm happy that Kaitlin has such a good friend. Kaitlin is house-sitting for Paul & Tokeah, so they are spending quite a bit of time over there, taking care of their dog, Shelby.

Here's a picture of the cats thwarting Corby's plan to roll up one of the sleeping bags...crazy cats!
Here's the book I am currently reading:

Slaughter writes such great suspense novels, and though I'm only about 70 pages into this one right now, it's proving to be a great read.

I'll post later today or tomorrow my June book list.


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