Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Fourth

We weren't planning on going to California for the 4th of July this year, since we have been to California a few times this summer already. But Mary, Kate, Sarah, and Matt were coming all the way from Malaysia, and we really wanted to see them--so we went for it. The kids were fantastic in the car and the trip was so much fun. My favorite part of the trip, though, was the 4th of July.

The 4th started out the way it does every year for the Hambly Family: the annual family 5k. Eighth annual, to be exact!(Technically, the 5K started the night before, with the fantastic dinner and motivational speech provided by Kent and Ruth.)
The entire group, minus Kent, who organized the 5K this year. He did a fantastic job!

Reed was so excited for "our race." He donned his "basketball shoes" (his term, not mine) and his running clothes (haha), and settled in to the double stroller to enjoy the ride. He and Asher were so good for all 3.2 miles of the race. And Reed even hopped out of the stroller for the last twenty yards or so and ran across the finish line with Ryan.
Stroller crew; Reed ready for his race; Asher not willing to smile open-mouthed; crossing the finish line.

Thirty-seven people participated in the 5K. Thirty-seven! And that is all family.
Me running; some of the kids; Ryan, boys, and Grandma; the whole crew.

Chillin' before the race; starting gun!; lined up and ready; the girls looking cute.

Asher fell asleep during the race, and even slept in his bed for another 1 1/2 hours after. Apparently, all the exercise wore him out. Post-5K, there was an awards ceremony for the kids. Reed was so proud of his medal. He didn't take it off all day.
He's a winner!; Sweet sleeping Smash; Reed + Me, post-race.

Post-race, we had a fantastic breakfast, then spent a few hours just hanging out together. Later, we went to the field behind the church for a family bbq, games, and fireworks!

 Matt teaching Reed the art of ninja; the girls playing on the grass; soccer game--check out Ryan's header--one of several jets that passed overhead.

 Peyton and the boys; Smash+Daddy; Reed is so dope; check out cute Peyton and Reed behind Smash.

 Asher fell asleep in my arms, only to wake up about 20 minutes before the fireworks and refuse to fall back asleep. It turns out that he loves fireworks--we couldn't draw his attention away from them! Reed also loved the fireworks. He gave me a play-by-play throughout the show: "Mommy, did you see that red one? I think you missed it. I like these flower ones. Did you see that one? It's huge! Mommy, can I say 'hi fire! How's it goin'? Mommy, I love the green ones."

We had a fantastic Fourth of July and are grateful we were able to celebrate our country surrounded by the people we love!


Jackie said...

What a great idea! You Hamblys rock. :)

Mandi said...

Love the cute family picture at the end of this post! And it sounds like you guys had a great time. Good for you. :)