Here we are. Worn out from staying up late many nights in a row. And, I finally got a few minutes to myself (kind of) where I can upload pictures and do a quick post.
This year's 4th was me and the 4 youngest kids. Andy, Marcus and Cale are at Boy Scout camp this week. Actually, Andy had to leave camp and work a baseball game on the 4th. Yea for work.
We started the day with the 4th of July parade. I love our not-so-small town parade. We sit right by the library, a whole whopping 10 minute walk from our house. The kids love going, because they are guaranteed to get a bag full of candy-which they did.
Kinley had a love-hate relationship with the parade. She loved to go. She hated that we stopped walking when we got to our spot. She loved candy. She did not love all the candy. She wanted candy. She did not want to get out of the wagon to get candy. Typical Kinley.
Happy Birthday America!
Super-simple wind-sockets to decorate outside. They looked so pretty in the breezes.
I made time to snuggle with Mr. Orange. He's really excited for the 4th of July.
We did go to a free fair at a local church. They had a couple bounce house things and some carnival games. The kids all managed to win a little something, which made everyone happy. It was hot and humid-go July in Indiana-that the kids didn't mind only staying for a little while before we went back home to recover in air-conditioning with popsicles.
And, my finest work. A deconstructed s'mores that I found on facebook. Chocolate bars, sprinkle-dipped marshmallows and cooking for 8 minutes at 450. Done. Dip yourself in some graham crackers and prepare for the sugar rush that will follow. This was our first course for dinner ("dessert" was hot dogs, pasta salad, etc.).
Kid-tested and approved.
Dinner was followed by baths, tv and kids that really didn't care about watching fireworks. In fact, I put the girlies to bed before the fireworks were over. (Another great thing about where we live is that we can see most of the fireworks from our house. As the trees have grown, we can't see them as well outside anymore, but can get a great view from our stairwell inside. Watching fireworks from indoors-no complaints from me.)
Just nice and simple. Love it.