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Monday, July 04, 2011

4th of July

We had an eventful holiday today.

We started by attending a parade in the morning.  It was a good parade, and Norah loved seeing the fire trucks and police cars, and getting candy and other trinkets.  And Caleb did what he does best: He slept through it.

The only downside to the parade was that it was about a bazillion degrees out, so we were all sweaty messes afterward.  Oh well.  It is July in South Florida, after all. 

Here's Jerry, Norah and Caleb along the parade route:
Then, in the afternoon, we went to a friend's house for a party: Grilling, pool, horse shoes, tons of food, and, of course, firecrackers.  Here's Norah and Miller doing some "day time" fireworks:
A neighbor of our friend's was also having a shindig and they had a bounce house and everything, so Norah went over there for a bit and rode the slide half a dozen times -- so combine that with plenty of pool time, firecrackers, and relentlessly chasing our friend's dog around the house, and she had a VERY full day. 

And, here's another attempt to capture a family photo of us: Norah's sticking her tongue out, Jerry's posing like he's on the red carpet, and part of the inside of my shirt is sticking out.  I think the search continues for a good family pic...
Here's Norah with her sparkler:
At the end of the day, I took the kids home before the "night time" fireworks: It was 8 o'clock, already past Norah's bedtime, and while she was fine, mood-wise, she was starting to stumble around like she'd been in the beer cooler, so I figured it was best to get home and get to bed before any meltdowns and before it was gonna get tough keeping her up late.  Neither she, nor Caleb, made it all the way home before falling asleep:
Jerry stayed to light the big fireworks -- to him, the 4th is like Christmas and his birthday combined, so I had to let him enjoy risking life and limb with his crate full of TNT -- and I'm at home right now with two sleeping kids and a neurotic dog, who is freaking out right now because of the sound of all the fireworks outside.  It kinda stinks that I'm missing all the pretty fireworks, but honestly, I'm beat and am about to turn in myself, and I'm sure there will be plenty of years ahead for us to all stay up late enough to enjoy the fireworks in the future.  For now, I'm hitting the hay!

Happy 4th everyone!


Erin said...

That is an action packed day! I didn't even notice your shirt or Norah's tongue when I took the picture. Oh well, we too have yet to get a family photo worthy of framing.

Miller made it home without falling asleep. When he saw his torn shorts, we hit the wall with a meltdown. Then a story later he was in bed and no fuss. Straight to sleep. Whew!

Another good 4th. Hopefully the Dad's return home with all their digits and eyes in tack.

SavvyFitChica said...

Looks like everyone had fun. Norah's outfit is adorable.

Also, my favorite family picture is my aunt, uncle, & cousins. 2 of the 4 are smiling, the youngest is screaming her head off, & her brother is looking her laughing. It was supposed to be them all smiling but life got in the way. This was probably 10-12 years ago & I still remember it.

Anonymous said...

What a great day! The kids are amazing to get through all that!

Marlene said...

That sounds like quite the day! Glad you enjoyed with the fam.

Had to giggle at Jerry's pose in the picture! Men should know it is never okay to stand like that. :P

diana said...

I keep trying to take good family photos too! We have one the week after our son was born, but none since then.

I just love Norah's outfit!

JojaJogger said...

Hey, I thought the family portrait was great. Hope Jerry arrived home with all his digits still attached in the appropriate places.

Running 365 said...

Sounds like fun! I love Norah's dress. Is there an adult version? :)

Krissy said...

That was how our 4th turned out too, we got home before the big show, it's a little tough when the kiddies are this young but it will definitely be fun in the years to come!

MCM Mama said...

Adorable kids! Everyone except me was asleep in our house by 9:30 last night. That's what happens when you've stayed up too late Friday, Saturday, and Sunday LOL.

Agate Lake Girl said...

Sounds like a great 4th. It was super hot and humid here too so we were also "sweaty messes" afterward. :)

ajh said...

Love Norah's July 4th outfit.

runner26 said...

What a day!! I, too, missed the 'works this year due to a sleeping baby.