I seriously love the 4th of July! I love everything about it-- the parades, the fireworks, going to parks, beaches, having bbqs, roasting s'mores, everything!
Today we went to the parade as a family. Last year I took Jeffy, Katelyn, and Bekah while Jeff was out to sea on his first patrol. It's more fun having him around, even if I had to basically drag him there. But he did admit that I was right and it was a lot of fun. Just about every float/car that passed threw out candy and Jeffy and Katey got very good at calling out "candy please!" And we even got some beads, flags, frisbees, and fans. I think next year I'll make little bags for their loot, they really come away with that much. The parade was what I was looking forward to the most. :)
Then we came home, fed baby, got everyone into their swimsuits (which I can't believe took an hour and a half) and headed over to our community's splash park! This is our 2nd summer here and our first time to the splash park! Silly us. It was a blast! The kids had a lot of fun. There was a mushroom thing that was supposed to be dripping lots of water, but it wasn't working so well, which worked out perfectly for me. Just a few spots were dripping, so I pulled a chair under there and sat with Jonathan while everyone else ran around.
Then we came home and took naps. Well, some people took naps and other people wished they could. :) For dinner, we tried to roast hot dogs and marshmellows over the grill in the backyard, but there were a million too many mosquitos so we came inside. We made them instead on the propane stove on the kitchen table. :)
No fireworks show for us tonight, as I'm too tired to try to beat the traffic, hoards, and bugs, but when it gets dark, I'm doing sparklers. :)
Happy 4th to you too!