We started July with the annual Groen Family BBQ at Uncle Deryl and Aunt Shari's. We always have such a great time there and with the kids getting older we are able to visit more with the "older" bunch while they play with the younger ones. Uncle Deryl and Aunt Shari are great hosts and have a beautiful yard that they love to share with all of us. The boys spent most of their time by the pond watching the fish.
Saturday afternoon was spent with a few friends, before the big BBQ, and then Sunday was his actual birthday spent with lots of family!!
Here are a few pictures of how we celebrated his birthday.
Nintendo DS from Dad and Mom!!
A little swimming by the kids to get the party started.
Leave it to my Aunt Lyd to make sure Ethan gets all his favorites!
Wayne was right there with Ethan checking everything out as the gifts were opened.
New rollerblades from Grammy and Papa Duane!!
And at the end of the party, the biggest kid of all, my brother, decided to start a water fight.
4th of July was spent out at Birch Bay for a couple of hours for a BBQ and a little swimming and then home to do fireworks with the neighbors.
My niece, Paige, had a blast in the pool with the big kids...she was quite the little fishy!
I decided it would be fun to take the kids out to the strawberry fields and actually pick berries this year. I didn't really think this through going alone with the three of them. They started out strong picking but after about 20 minutes, it was no longer fun and they were ready to go. I, on the other hand, still had a couple of buckets to fill and just begged the kids to hang tight. They really did well overall, it was just a longer morning than we had anticipated.
We came home with this...
...and made this! There were also some sliced berries that were in the freezer.
Later in the month, we spent some time at John Deere days. That's always such a fun place to be and there's great food to enjoy. The best part...it's all FREE!
It was a busy month and we are so glad that the weather decided to cooperate so that we could enjoy the outdoors.