We survived the heat! Although we didn't win the State tournament, my middle son hit his first out of the park home run. He kept the ball and we wrote the date on it. It is such a momentous occasion. We knew he was capable but you just can't plan those things. He was so proud...we were too!
We celebrated with Apple Pie...just to make it patriotic?
We are changing things up this year for the fourth at our house. All of the boys are headed to scout camp in the morning and my daughter is enjoying the fireworks at my parents on the lake in southern Kansas. Me...I am just excited to be getting things crossed off my list.
The flag is out and flying high at our house.
Even though we are in and out. Last year out pastor read out of the Patriotic bible during the month of July and it was so moving to see the basis of our country and how it was built around faith. At Christmas I had a Patriotic bible inscribed with our family name and left it out on the coffee table for the kids to reference.
I keep a patriotic primer in the half bath for those necessary reading times. It helps fill in those blanks that keep popping up. Last week I asked the my oldest if he knew what "One if by land, two if by sea" referenced? He had no idea...looks like he needs to spend more time with the primer....I do not want to see any of my kids on Leno's Jaywalking?
My favorite finds a few years ago for my daughter Claire were the Lynne Cheney books about U.S. History, First Ladies, and prominent battles of the Civil War. All of them can be found at Amazon. They look like fantastic picture books but they are full of wonderful history lessons.
As American history grows each day I know that it is difficult for schools to cover it all. Michael and I try hard to fill in the blanks as much as we can.
Enjoy all your picnics and fireworks.
Happy Independence Day!