Monday, July 5, 2021

Happy INDEPENDENCE Day 2021


In April, we had 8 teens join the Civil Air Patrol!

Their friend had joined it months earlier 
and in January she flew a Blackhawk helicopter!

That was all they needed to know and now 
they can hardly wait for their turn!

They are learning about civil aeronautics,
growth in character,
and service to our community!
 It is an awesome program and they are really enjoying it!

On July 4th they helped at the Delano Parade!


Our kids have not been to very many parades
so this was a wonderful opportunity
to be there while some kids worked at it!


Go carts are always fun to watch
(and to ride in)!


Of course, the local Mayor needs to be in the parade!


Fireman and fire trucks, rock!
And they candy they throw at the crowd is a bonus!


I am particularly fond of those that are watching the parade!


They LOVED the parade!


It was a scorcher outside!
90's with a small breeze...


Gotta have the local dance team!


A very large grocery cart is a nice addition to a parade!


 And as we were watching the parade
we stumbled upon a Cadet
that we knew!


Hello Ava and friend!
We are going to have to get that cool backpack (x8)
with water in so the kids stay hydrated!
Ava's pockets are filled with water bottles...
and maybe a mountain dew!

Horses are another MUST have at a parade!


And of course,
A Senior Queen and a Senior Commodore!
So cute!

Along with local royalty!


We waved at everyone and cheered them on!


A Funny looking truck and 
a motorized picnic bench with an umbrella!
Whodda thunk it!


Maximillian Kolbe is a wonderful saint!

Uncle Sam


A of course, a guest marching band!


Our working kiddos stayed for the carnival
while the rest of us went home to the air conditioning!
(PS- this celebration is new to us 
so we had no idea there was a carnival 
until our kids said, "can we stay for the carnival")!

Well, okey dokie!

They had fun with their friends!

The rest of us went to the pool party!


The younger boys... who are now 12 to 14


(tell me... how did that happen... so quickly)
did the splash contest!
(Jake)


We didn't win but we had fun doing it!
(Luke)


And then, "Dunk the Lifeguard"!
Good throw, Mary!


Nice job Grace!


Grace and Ellie both dunked the lifeguard many times!
Our athletes!


The others joined us at the pool in time for the dive contests!


The cheering section!


The five dive finalist were all Mulvahill's!
Gymnastics, trampolines and lots of swimming have paid off!
Way to go kiddos!
Sam was the winner but a lawsuit 
was almost filed in protest of his victory!

You see, on Sam's first dive attempt he lost his balance and fell into the water!
It was quite funny!
Sorry buddy, bad luck, your done...
However, the crowd insisted that he comeback!
So he got another chance (and won)!
Both Sam and Melissa did double front dives!


And then...
their mother made them take the obligatory
4th of July photo
while dressed in our red, white and blues...


They were only semi cooperative...


they'd rather chat then have their photo taken
AGAIN!


Thank you guys and gals!
Good job!


But, then there was PROBLEM!


Yep, someone didn't get the memo!


Don't worry... no feelings were hurt during the photography session!


Okay, now we are ready!
Take two!
Thank you kiddos, you're great sports!

Auntie Barbie joined us for a barbecue dinner 
and we all relaxed in the evening, together!

(No fireworks this year, they were sufficiently exhausted!)

2 comments:

Jennie said...

A fun time was certainly had by all. 😎😊
Especially for the teens in the Civil Air Patrol!

bobbie said...

What a wonderful job you and your husband are doing with all of those beautiful children. God bless you and the whole family.