Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our 4th

This 4th of July had to be one of my most favorite yet. During the day we made the short trip to our Capital for the annual Salute to America celebration. It was our first time and we will definitely be going back. There was face painting, carnival rides, street vendors, food trucks, sand sculptures, and a petting zoo which we somehow managed to miss.
As we pulled into our parking spot I realized I had forgotten to put the stroller in the trunk of the car. Awesome. Not wanting to drive the 30 minutes back home, I told Jack that I hoped he was in the mood for walking. Thank goodness Jack loves to walk and it ended up working out fine and he was so exhausted from all the walking that he passed out before we even left the parking lot.

After a quick stop home we headed to J's aunt's house about an hour away in the country. There's just something about celebrating 4th of July in the country that makes it even more fun. Each year I look forward to going out there and I'm so glad my kids will have these memories.

The kids swam, shot their kiddie fireworks, and then watched the big ones go off while laying on blankets in the grass. It doesn't get much more American than that. The big kids (aka dads) were in charge of getting all the huge fireworks ready and making sure they all didn't simultaneously go off at once.

I promise he's not naked. Not that he wouldn't if we let him.

J's aunt handed popsicles out to the kids and I foolishly should have specified a color instead of saying "oh, whatever." It looked like a murder scene around the pool. And that my child was a vampire.

J did a great job of getting all the fireworks set up and tied together creating one long, beautiful, show.

What? I wasn't in the fireworks.

Oh wait, I was.

And we totally failed at getting a family picture this year. This was the best I got and only because I could force him to sit on my lap and take it.

And for nostalgia. Last 4th of July.

Hope you had a wonderful 4th!
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