This year we spent time with my Dad's side of the family up at Holter Lake.
I haven't spent the 4th of July with them for almost three years, so it was good to spend some time with them.
This 4th of July also marked the first time in probably 10-15 years that I've slept in a tent. It was a long weekend filled with love, laughter, outhouse using and not showering (yes, I went there) and a little bit of drama.
Here is my recap.
Saturday, July 2
The dreaded knee gash
Being such a brave boy
This portable dvd player was a lifesaver. It helped to distract Caderyn during most of the procedure.
With the leg stitched up we headed back to camp. Caderyn and I went down for a much needed nap and Jeff went fishing. The guys had great success with their fishing and Caderyn woke happy, but a little cranky because his knee was bothering him.
Sunday, July 3
Poor Jeff. The guy has awful, awful allergies. With allergy-induced tears streaming down his swollen face, my hubster had to go back into town and stay the night to try and feel better. I read pretty much ALL day. It was amazing. The lake put on an amazing and l-o-u-d firework display that kept Caderyn up until midnight. I took no pictures. I also overdosed on M & M's. I also ate a delicious hamburger. For those of you that know me-- eating a hamburger is a pretty big deal. I don't eat meat very much.
Monday, July 4
We did the Gates of the Mountain tour. This was my first time experiencing it and I loved it! I keep asking myself why I don't do stuff like this more. I live in such a gorgeous state, I need to get myself and my family out more. Jeff was able to clear his allergies up enough to come back that afternoon. My aunt and uncle had to go back home and we rearranged camp a little before having a great campfire, watching some fireworks and playing a mean game of Farkle.
Very happy to be on a boat.
Getting ready to put the boat in the water
Hanging out with Papa up front
The Gates of the Mountain. The Gates are opening.
Out of the Gates, looking back at them.
So excited to go over big waves.
I love Montana so much.
These mountains were on both sides of the water for most of the ride. Just amazing.
Overall, it was a wonderful Fourth of July. I can't wait to see what next summer brings!