Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Recap

We were up bright and early to start our Fourth of July celebration.
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First on our list was the Fourth of July parade. This is our 5th year coming the the parade!
This year we brought our niece along, she loved it!

The kids weren't interested in taking a picture with their mom, too much stuff going on.
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The kids had a blast waving to everyone, screaming for candy, devouring the candy and just being kids.

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I mean look, a lollipop for each hand, does it get any better???
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We headed over to spend the afternoon with Conrad's family. The kids went and swam around in the kiddie pool. We had pizza and they asked about a million times if it was dark enough to start the fireworks.
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Austin wasnt' too sure about the fireworks. He stayed up near the garage for awhile. I think it was the noise that was bothering him. He was asking me to hold him and cover his ears.

The girls, however, LOVED it. They also loved these wands we scored from the dollar section.

Target for the win!

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He finally came out an enjoyed the fireworks display. He did like seeing the illegal ones in the sky. There were a ton this year!

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It's crazy to think how much our Fourth of Julys have changed. Before kids, we still spent it with Conrad's family, but we spent the afternoon grazing on food waiting for the sun to set. Dinner was relaxing and we took our time eating. We played card games.

Now, parades fill our morning, swimming in the afternoon, they ask how much longer every 10 minutes, glow sticks and cuddling the scared little ones. It's not so slow Fourth of Julys of the past but I like these ones just as much. I know these moments aren't going to last forever and I treasure them.
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I am so proud to live here in the United States. I'm thankful that I get to enjoy the many freedoms of our great country. I'm thankful for those who fought for and those who protect our freedoms.

Blessed is the nation whose God is  the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
Psalm 33:12

God Bless America!

How did you celebrate Fourth of July? If you posted a Fourth of July Recap be sure to leave the link in the comments, I don't want to miss it!

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