Wednesday, July 13, 2011

4th of july

 Ok here are some overdue pictures from the 4th of July. We went to Living History Farms in Des Moines. It's this old fashioned village with with people dressed in period costumes demonstrating what life was like in the 1800's. There were lots of hands-on activities for kids, and since it was the 4th of july there were additional games and fun things to do. It was a really fun day and I also thought that it was an educational and appropriate thing to do for the holiday.

Here is Emma in the blacksmith's shop hammering a red hot steel rod. Yeah, I thought it was a bit dangerous, but they seemed to know what they were doing.
 Here is Annie working the bellows. You cant see the bellow because it is really huge and is hanging from the ceilling. The air from the bellows blew into a pipe the went down to where the fire was.
 Here is the one room schoolhouse. Do you see those kids sitting at the front? Well, MY girls were sitting there, but they got up for a second and these kids took their spots. Grrrrrr. In case I haven't mentioned it, other people's kids get on my nerves.
 Annie trying out some stilts. I tried them too and they are ALOT harder than they look.
 Chris letting one go in a watermelon seed spitting contest. He got 19 feet.

 I gave it a shot but I only got about 3 feet. It was kind of pathetic.

 Even the girls got about 9 feet each!
 Potato sack race. MUCH harder than it looks.
 Pie eating contest (Emma and Annie are on the left). I thought about participating but I wanted it to be a fair competition hehe.
 Emma got second place. See the look on her face? Yeah, it took her awhile to recover.
 Annie going for the gusto. When she realized that she didnt get a ribbon she was sad, but this really nice guy who had third place gave her his ribbon. Isn't that nice?

BEST. PHARMACY. EVER. Too bad I didn't have a prescription.
 These pigs were cute but they smelled SO bad. I thought I was going to vomit.

The girls playing with old fashioned hoops, and an annoying kid who kept getting in my pictures.
The girls are playing "penny scramble", which involveds tossing some pennies into a pile of hay and having the kids try to find them. They loved it so much I am thinking of buying a bale of hay.

Emma is scraping a bison hide at the indian farm.

Well that is about it. We had a pretty good day and also watched some fireworks and did sparklers that night. The fourth of July has not been my favorite holiday because I have a very bad memories associated with it, but I am healing from that and have found that actually going out and celebrating the holiday and making new memories (instead of sitting around and pretending the 4th didnt exist) has actually helped to put it behind me.

Well I still have more to update on but this is going to be it for now.



bananas said...

Damn you made some cute kids!! And you look great -- I am loving your hair!

I sat home doing nothing on the 4th. Next year it's time for me to DO SOMETHING and make some memories goddamnit!

Sairs said...

I am really glad to hear you had a lovely time with your family. I remember as a kid going out to a sheep shearing property that had lots of the sort of things that you had where you went. It was way fun. I would have been about 9 I think. I love your pics too :)

Keely said...

Aw! That looks so fun and I LOVE the pics. I've said it before, but I love how you find new, creative, family activities to participate in. :)

Nobody Girl said...

Looks like you were able to have a good time with the girls. I'm glad you were able to turn the fourth into a good day for you rather than dwelling on the bad memories. That takes strength!