The Toad and the Wii

4th of July Celebration

We celebrated the 4th of July with Tom golfing, I had lunch with Mom and Dad, and we went to Amanda's for a cookout and some fun later in the evening. We ate early with the intention of playing with the Wii after. Luke assigned everyone their seating to eat. Kyle fixed some delicious hamburgers and turkey wraps. Grandpa had to show Luke the fine art of Kung Fu (one of his favorite things to watch on TV). Rick brought Luke one of his Spiderman gloves, and PaPa had to display his expertise....... is that what we call it? Luke seems to be intently listening and watching all of PaPa's tutoring. It was the Wii after supper that had us all in stitches. The first game we played was bowling. We all took our turns and each did fairly well. The down turn (which we have lots of) started with the boxing. Amanda and Rick must have been taking out all their pent up aggression they had had for years, while playing the boxing. Amanda was just too funny to watch from the back side. Rick and Tom tried their hand at the boxing. It seems Rick does not excel at boxing. He spent more time on the mat than he was in the upright position.
The photo is a little blurry, but I had to include it because of the look on Rick's face.
Links to videos of Amanda, Rick and Tom boxing on the Wii!
Now it is time for the tennis match......it is humorous to watch them and listen to the ball being played.

I encourage you to watch......they are hilarious.
Luke found this in their yard. I know the picture is blurry, but can you tell what it is? More clues . . . . Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.................. Now we can see clearly! It is Mr. Toad.We patiently waited for dusk. While we were waiting, Amanda noticed the Mommy and 2 baby deer in the field behind their house. Amanda has seen them almost daily. Notice in the second photo Mommy hears us talking. She is on guard ! Finally. . . Luke could see the fireworks PaPa had bought for him. He was eager to see what PaPa had gotten for him. He doesn't remember any fireworks he has seen in the past. We will have to take him to see the fireworks at Wabash next year. Amanda, being the cautious mother that she is, was not overly enthusiastic about doing the fireworks on the road. She took a lot of ribbing from her kind brother Rick! He just had to rub it in...... Kyle seems to be saying 'Hey, wait, we havent started yet!' The neighbors also had fireworks. It was nice because we got to see more fireworks. It is always pleasurable to get together and share as a family. We missed those that werent able to be there. Next time!

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britian and Democracy was born. Everyday thousands leave their homeland for the 'land of the free and the home of the brave'. America is truly a diverse nation. We are a people from different nations, different languages, different understanding and knowledge. We celebrate how we can all be different, and at the same time, a nation of one. May God bless and keep us in His hands. Lord God Almighty, was in the hearts and minds of each man when the Declaration of Independence was written. We are a nation founded on freedom of religion. Our founding fathers won liberty for themselves and for us.

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