As with all celebrations, it's all about the food! So we started our day out with lemon cake and fruit juice.
We gave Gran her presents - crochet book and set of multicoloured hooks :o) and an array of homemade cards.
Awaiting the cake.
The weather was overcast and a little gusty but warm enough to stay out for the day.
This lamb was born just before we arrived at the river. It was a little unsteady and oh so cute!
The mother was very calm and Champ was able to get up close to take these pics without the zoom.
Running. At what age does running stop being a pleasure and become a chore? Maybe it's just me. Found out last week that Hubby is planning on entering me into a half marathon in September!!!! Was not too impressed! Coming from a family of marathon runners I do feel a little unfit though :o)
Champ found this bug and informed me that it is a tiger beetle. He told up that it nips so taking the picture was as close as I got.
Since we arrived at 10.30, there was some time to kill before lunch time. Luckily Gran brought some peanuts to shell and eat. For some reason every time the children see my Mom they are hungry even if they have just eaten at home, luckily my Mom loves to feed them :o)I just had to take this picture of Kiki :o) The first thing she did (after the cake) was to walk straight into the water, which meant that her jeans got all heavy and kept falling down but she was just too busy to do anything about them.
Yay, lunch time. The children all gathered to watch the fire.
I caught Kiki trying to pluck her eyebrows with these!
Gran made little bread patties that the children cooked in the pan.
Once the fire had calmed down a bit we put the sausages on. I think that we should have waited a little longer as the sausages did get a bit burnt.
After lunch, we took the grids off the fires and collected some sticks to build up the fires for toasting marshmallows.
They were VERY well cooked!
After lunch the children wanted to paddle. I think it was because they were round the fire and got rather hot.
Just before this picture was taken, Googs had waded out to the other side of the river and had fallen in. Here he is warming up.
The younger two kept on walking out to the middle of the river then losing confidence and screaming for help. Luckily big brother was there to help out.
We stayed at the river for almost 5 hours, it was the adults who eventually called an end to the day, the children wanted to stay and play.
Even though the fire helped dry out the trousers, they were all so grubby that we threw everything in the wash when we got home and there were baths and showers all round.