09 July 2014

Almost 4th of July

We knew were weren't going to have a traditional 4th of July this year because of a family reunion that was going to take its place.

So, we did our best to make our town celebration that fell a week prior feel a little like the 4th.

We kicked off the festivities with the ever exciting parade.
DSC_0720.jpg

DSC_0717.jpg

DSC_0734.jpg

You can tell how thrilled Troy was to be there.
DSC_0737.jpg

And Crew for that matter. He didn't exactly understand the concept of running into the street for candy.
DSC_0728.jpg

He was more interested in Blake's bike.
DSC_0738.jpg

But Blake and Nash filled their buckets to the brim with taffy and Tootsie Rolls and couldn't have been more pleased.
DSC_0748.jpg

It may not have been the grandest parade in the world, but it doesn't take much to excite our boys. Especially when such an event takes place on the street around the corner from where we live.
DSC_0759.jpg

We spent the afternoon at the fairground and grilling in the backyard with extended family. To me, those are 4th of July staples, so I was glad we at least didn't miss out on those traditions. Even if they weren't on the actual holiday.

Then it was time for lawn games while we awaited the fireworks spectacular.
DSC_0773.jpg

And an epic wrestling match.
DSC_0775.jpg

DSC_0764.jpg

DSC_0776.jpg

DSC_0780.jpg

DSC_0797.jpg

DSC_0805.jpg

Uncle Todd quickly became the main attraction.
DSC_0790.jpg

Not everyone can hoist a four year old on his back while simultaneously playing Corn Hole.
DSC_0792.jpg

DSC_0822.jpg

Crew snuck off with the soccer net and would have walked all the way down the street if we hadn't stopped him.
DSC_0832.jpg

It was time to put him to bed and get on with the most anticipated activity of the night; fireworks.
DSC_0836.jpg

DSC_0841.jpg

Blake set up and rearranged those fireworks boxes over and over while he not so patiently waited for the adults to play Corn Hole. He lost it when we informed him we were playing best out of three and waiting for it to get a little darker.
DSC_0856.jpg

Alas, when it was finally time to light those sparklers, Blake didn't want that fire near him.
DSC_0881.jpg

His uncle helped him warm up to the idea.
DSC_0870.jpg

DSC_0882.jpg

Nash was an instant pyro, not surprisingly.
DSC_0860.jpg

DSC_0884.jpg

DSC_0885.jpg

We lit off our assortment of fireworks in our driveway with everyone gathered around.
DSC_0893.jpg

And topped off the night by spreading out blankets right in our front yard and watching the sky illuminate with fireworks of all kinds.
DSC_0905.jpg

For an almost 4th of July, it was not too shabby.


1 comment:

  1. You'll have to teach me how to take a decent picture of fireworks. I failed miserably. I laughed out loud at Troy reading his kindle, with an American Flag stuck on one hand. Haha!

    ReplyDelete