Yesterday morning, Staley woke up talking about the parade that she was going to see. We had mentioned to her that she would probably see fire trucks and maybe some horses in the parade. Apparently, this triggered a memory of the Emergency Expo that we took Staley to a few weeks ago where she got to see fire trucks and police horses, along with police cars, ambulances, police dogs, rescue boats, and a Life Flight helicoptor. So when we asked Staley what she thought she would see at the parade, she responded with, "Fire trucks. And horses. And police cars. And dogs. And a train. (Not sure where that came from.) And a helicoptor." Surprisingly, the parade lived up to all Staley's expectations (including the train) with the exception of the helicoptor. Unfortunately, there was no helicoptor in the Eureka 4th of July parade. Maybe next year.
After Staley's nap in the afternoon, she was finishing up her snack and said, "Go outside. See workers." Zach and I were confused. She continued to talk about seeing the workers. And eventually we figured it out--Staley was excited about seeing the fire-workers that we had told her about. So Staley got to stay up 2 hours past her bedtime, trek down to the Eureka Lake, and watch the fireworkers. I'm not sure what Staley had envisioned--guys on tractors? fire fighters? Whatever it was that she expected, I hope that the actual fireworks surpassed her expectations. And I hope that I never forget this time in Staley's life where, still today, she is excitedly telling us all about the fireworkers.
The Bradford cousins
Watching the parade
(Notice the tight grip Staley has on her parade 'treats')
Watching the 'fireworkers'