"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Birthday to Grandma & the USA!

We had a fabulous day celebrating both Grandma's birthday and the birth of our country!

To begin the day, we took Elizabeth to the airport to fly to Chicago for a wonderful opportunity....The National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine. It's being held at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is so excited and will be gone for 11 days exploring the wonderful world of medicine.

After getting Elizabeth off, we loaded up the Trailblazer and headed south to Bismarck to spend the day with my parents, my brother Joe and his wife Brenda, and friends Barb & Bill. Joe took us out on their brand new pontoon where we then found a sand bar on the Missouri River and set up camp for the day....boating, playing bocce ball, Frisbee, digging in the sand, and grilling hot dogs.

Here's a glimpse into our day....

Here we are on the pontoon getting ready to head out....

Sam & Bella "diggin' it!" We all thought back to when she was an orphan just last year at this time and she would never have been able to dig in the sand. She loved her first boat ride too!

Grace is pointing towards Papa's boat going along right beside the pontoon. We couldn't all fit on the pontoon, so the others went in the boat.. The little girls loved waving at Grandma & Papa!

Back at the Holiday Inn Express for a quick swim and then presents for Grandma. Here she is with her "three angels." :)

And, last but not least, the guys before heading out to do fireworks. As you can see, Kevin has no pride! Well, at least he has patriotic pride!

We had a great time but missed our "E". Hope you all had as awesome of a holiday as we did!

Love, Paula


  1. Looks like a fun day. I can't wait to hear about the Medical conference.

  2. Looks like fun! Glad G'ma had a great Birthday.

  3. Looks like LOTS of fun!!! Wish we could of been there too! Did Bella like the river as much as she did the ocean? :-)

  4. How fun! And as always your grandma is adorable!!