It hasn't always been a tradition, but over the last decade...give or take a few years...the Riselings (and now Wards) have had mini family reunions on the 4th. Afternoons are spent in the water and evenings are spent on mom and dad's back porch grilling burgers and lighting fire crackers. (Mornings are best spent sleeping in or lounging on the back porch in pajamas.)
This year was extra special. The entire Riseling clan (well, at least the aunts and uncles) were in Blackwell at some point, AND the Ward clan came too. It was double the fun, double the swimming, double the food...you name, we had double. Even double cousins!
Aunt Susan, Omar and their vino
Unlike the sleeping majority, Susan and Omar woke bright and early Sunday morning to "enjoy" a 30+ mile bike ride. I suppose they earned their wine that night.
What Wade truly thinks of his inlaws
Adorable Caitlin, Craig's girlfriend. We LOVE her, Craig. Hint, hint.
These two were inseparable. Henry thought everything Miranda did was the COOLEST THING EVER. He was her shadow the entire weekend.
Whilst taking a break from his marshmallows
My double cousins, Mollie and Craig
Ann and her hubster
A rainbow...after the surprise (and much needed) mid-afternoon shower
Sam thought the rainbow was beautimous...it made him smile
Mi madre y mi padre
Miranda and her shadow
The happy couple
Ornery doing a pickle dance...have you ever seen someone so excited about pickles?!
Aunt Mollie and Uncle Rob drove all the way from Austin, TX to join us. And we're so glad they did.
Awake from his nap and anxious to join the gang outside
Trouble. Love the expressions from Omar and Craig.
Just happy to be outside and enjoying the cloud cover
The doubles (sans Mollie) in 2009
Henry in 2009. 14 months old.
More of the newly weds
Playing with what little hair Larry has left.
He really has a hard time being serious
Uncle Larry and Sam telling secrets about Papa
Bright eyed and bushy tailed