Thursday, July 4, 2013

happy fourth!


Our bright eyed and bushy tailed baby hello 5 am! got us up in plenty of time to make it to our town parade this year. We didn't dare take her last month olds are not so much for fire engine sirens and whatnot. But this year! Packed up with a milk and a green smoothie, we found a darn near too-good-to-be-true parking spot and cozied up with some neighbors and their friends. Before we even sat down we got boy scouted and walked away with a Burger King coupon book. The luck! It was fantastic. And this little girl soaked up the fourth parade with every ounce of american pride she could muster.

It's not the right sign for sign language, but I taught her how to go choo-choo! like a train conductor pulling down his horn and that is pretty much good for any large vehicle right now. So firetrucks were super! exciting! and gave us lots of full face grinning and shrieks. This girl has a knack for getting straight up over the moon ecstatic about the right things. It makes me proud. She really didn't get the going and getting candy part of the parade, though. There are plenty of years ahead for a 9 am sugar rush so we didn't push it. ;)

Small town living is the way to go for us. People we know in the parade, tons of candy and free balloons! Turns out our little town has quite the party for the fourth-we had a full on fair after too! And I missed a 5k apparently? Next year, baby. There was even a candy drop. CANDY DROP! Get this. We all stood around the perimeter of the school field and a pilot in a perfectly pink crop duster flew low and dropped a ton of candy. Twice. I'm never leaving this place.

headband from freckled feather & co

We hope you're enjoying your day as much as this house is. Light a sparkler and smile-really smile! Being a US citizen is a blessing. We are so happy to be here. I'll leave you with this gem that Anna shared today:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was one like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan

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