Saturday, July 5, 2014

Our 4th

There's a funny little joke about our small town's 4th of July parade, "If you show up late, you'll be sure to miss it!" It's so true, 15 minutes after the first veteran walks by and that's all folks, time to head back to your cars. If you ask me, it's 15 minutes of  pure awesomeness and it's totally worth the effort to get everybody loaded up and there on time.

Before we headed to the parade, I attempted group pictures. So maybe it wasn't a huge success, maybe a bit of a fail, but it reminded me that candid is always better. Why do I forget? least they're all IN the same picture and no one's crying. These shirts were a last minute idea from my friend Andrea. She'd made a really cute one with her little guy and after seeing theirs, I headed to Pinterest and found this idea. 
All we did was buy a cheap white t-shirt, cut out a contact paper star, stick the star onto the shirt and then use a pencil eraser to do little red and blue dots around the star with acrylic paint.

The little parade was so fun and the kids had a blast. They got just enough candy to make it seem exciting and not so much that I feel like I'll be rationing it out for the next month.

After the parade, we headed back home and everyone took a nap, since I told them that we'd be up really late doing fireworks. For the first time since we've had kids, we spent the evening at a friends house, eating hotdogs, roasting marshmallows and just having the best time hanging out, staying out well after bedtime. In the past we've celebrated, but the kids haven't really stayed up. We've put them to bed and blared white noise, while we sat and watched the fireworks, just the two of us.

There's no turning back now, after letting our kids in on the secret of how awesome the 4th of July is and honestly, I'm so glad. I'm glad that they're getting old enough to really get into this sort of thing. Especially watching Judah, running around so happy was really fun for me. There were a few older kids there and he thought they were so cool.

The kids enjoyed every second of our late night and so did we. I'm so thankful to live in such a beautiful and free country, and I'm also thankful for simple things like a fun small town parade and wonderful friends to celebrate with.

I forgot to bring my camera's memory card (boo!) so, these photos are from my phone and they aren't very great. At least we'll remember the special memories.

Hope you had a great day celebrating! What did you do?

1 comment:

  1. Hi there. I found you through the Kelly's Korner link up. It looks like you had a really fun 4th with your family and I love the shirts. We made matching shirts with our 4 kids, too, but I think we'll do your idea next year. I'm always looking for cheap and simple craft ideas! Have a great week.


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