A July 4th Celebration in the Auburn Valley

July 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I spend so much time behind the camera, that I sometimes forget to document my own children. Realizing how time has flown this year, I made a commitment to myself to document more of our lives and let less time pass by. Finding a balance between behind the camera and putting my camera down to be present proved to be a bit difficult at first. As this month has progressed, I’ve found a better balance and moved forward towards a much more satisfying time with my family.

July 4th of every year has been a bit emotional for me. Being a co-parent, holidays are shared and sometimes I wouldn’t have either of my kids. But July 4th has been “my” holiday every year for the past 7 years, and I’m forever grateful that I’ve been able to share this with both of my children. This year has made some major changes in the lives of my children, and each one, though rough at the turning point, has been for the betterment of their lives.

Tuesday, we set out in the morning for breakfast with Grammy April, then made our way to Les Grove Park in Auburn for their annual 4th of July festival. There were bounce houses galore, tons of food (it’s crazy how many events revolve around food), and vendors to suit every obsession. Of course, the girls wanted matching face paint, pony rides and super hero capes which have to be one of the coolest things I found there and totally worth the price tag to see my kids’ faces when I said they could each pick one out.

The day ended pretty much how our 4th of July always ends. BBQ brats and fireworks bought at the Bonney Lake High School stand. I love the simplicity and slowing down to enjoy my little family.


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