Stars & Stripes Forever
So what if my Independence Day post is one week late...better late than never! I'm sharing our Fourth of July pictures. we took the kids to a parade. Once we finally started watching it, Noah was not happy and he was ready to leave. Anna, on the other hand, loved the parade. We accidentally sat at the end of the parade route, so where the parade was supposed to start at 11am, it started at 11:45am and by then all of the performers were tired and well...didn't perform. But, luckily we got to hear 30 minutes of sirens. that was great. (Anna calls sirens "aliens.")
Our fourth was VERY quiet. We went to the parade, had lunch at my Mom's house and then we went home and stayed there all night. We cleaned the garage, mowed the lawn, I mulched, we ate pasta, gave baths and then it was bedtime. Noah, who is turning into his mother, has an incredible fear of fireworks. Terrible...don't even say the word because the kid will go into frenzy running all over the place until he lands in your arms. It's crazy because we were so close to some in June, and he was fine at first and then suddenly he realized he could be scared, so he was....very strange. As a child, I was absolutely terrified when it came to fireworks. TERRIFIED. I would go hysterical when my family would light them off outside. I thought for sure someone would die, I feared them so much. I have one memory in particular, where my Dad was outside lighting fireworks for my five other siblings while I was inside screaming, clinging to my Mom. The funny part is that it was daylight outside and I was still that stinkin' scared.
This year, on the 4th, when it got dark, Anna and I shared a chair and a blanket in our front yard and we watched the fireworks going off in the neighborhood, while Noah slept peacefully. Daddy came out and stood by us. Anna said "Daddy, will you hold my hand," and he did. It was very nice.
Happy to be at the parade!
Happy to be holding an umbrella...not so happy to be at a parade.
Happy with her umbrella, too! (my Mom!)
A woman came by and gave Anna a head piece with ribbons attached to it! She loves it! She still wears it almost every day!
gotta love parade toys.
My favorite part of the parade.
Anna's favorite part.