And what a great July its been! VERY busy but so great. It all started with our last minute trip up to Philly for the 4th. We literally said good bye to my parents on Saturday morning, said to each other "so what are we going to do this weekend?" and half an hour later we were packing to go see our good friends Danny and Becky Adams. We hadn't seen them for over a year and decided that was way WAY too long. We had a great time with them. With great friends like they are, we don't have to run all over town to have a good time. All we need is a place to sit and the laughs start flowing! Sunday morning we enjoyed worshiping at their church then afterward, got a picture of our growing famlies. Are we seriously old enough to have all these kids?! It was yesterday we were running around Northland!
On Sunday night, we decided to go downtown to see the fireworks. There were TONS of people there. The Roots and the Goo Goo Dolls were playing which brought quite a crowd. So we were sitting there waiting, and waiting and waiting. 9pm... no fireworks... 10 pm... no fireworks... 11pm... we decide to pack up our 5 kids and leave. well wouldn't you know... as soon as we start walking away, they started. I thought 'alright, being in the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed, these fireworks are going to be great!' Take my advice. NEVER go into downtown Philly for the 4th of July. Stinky fireworks and way too much traffic. If we go up next year, we will watch them on TV. :) But we were with our friends so the time was still really fun!
Then on Monday we crashed the Adam's family get together and Ian and Rachael's. We had a great time swimming, watching the kids play and fellowshiping.
Then about a week and a half later, Miriam, Caleb's sister, and her 4 kids came to visit for a few days. We went to the beach (of course!) where Marky and Maelyn looked like pros on the boogie boards. We went to the aquarium with Chick-fil-a afterward. We got to celebrate Cole's 4th birthday together with a morning spent crabbing, and a night of cake and ice cream. I think we started a new Coston birthday tradition. Each year, I think Caleb and I are going to make them a really fun, crazy, big deal kind of cake. This year, Cole's was hole 4 at the golf course, complete with a likeness of him, a golf cart, an alligator coming out of the lake and of course no golf hole would be complete without a sand rake for the bunkers. :) Not trying to toot my own horn, but it was awesome. :)
The day Miriam and kids left (Sunday) little did I know that night we were going to have more company stay with us for a few days...