July 4 and 5

For July 4, we went to my grandparent's house in VA.
They live on a lake, so we had so much fun tubing, boating, swimming and hanging out there!
Friday, the day we got there, I took Bethany out in the paddle boat.
I was able to get some really good pictures of her, and the lake.
She is in a stage where she is very willing that I take pictures of her, but when I tell her to smile, she'll say,
"Cheeeeeese!" and do a funny sort of smile.
So I try, (or enlist one of the boys to help me!) to make her laugh.
Look at her!  Isn't she gorgeous???
Kaden also came for a while.
and here is the tree of us.
We couldn't believe it, but three baby raccoons showed up while we were there!
They were adorable!
Later that night we went in the boats to see the fireworks.
Unfortunately, the lights in the boats stopped working and we had to go home before the fireworks started.  We were really bummed.  That happened two years ago, too!
The boys went in  the speed boat and were able to see the fireworks.
Kaden went in the boat with the rest of us, but we knew he was disappointed not to be allowed to go with the boys.  As we were pulling away from the dock, he shouted,
"Good bye, girls!" to them.  We had a good laugh over that.  He's never said anything like that before.
July 5th, I had a great time taking pictures of my cousins.  I got some really good ones, too!

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