This was the best I could muster.
Following my failed photo attempts, we headed over the Zach's parent's house to watch the parade and have lunch. Staley was excited about the parade, but covered her ears the moment the parade was in view in preparation for the fire trucks. We tried to explain that the fire trucks didn't come until the end of the parade, but Staley insisted on keeping her ears covered until after the fire trucks (and therefore, the rest of the parade) had passed. She seemed to enjoy the parade nonetheless. Adelie also enjoyed the parade UNTIL the fire trucks blasted their sirens. Then she cried and cried and cried...and fell asleep.
Staley catching her first glimpse of the parade
Worn out from her parade viewing
Following lunch and play time with cousins, we headed home for naps. Adelie, Staley, and Zach all took nice, long naps in preparation for a late night of fireworks viewing. After nap time, we tried some more 4th of July pictures (much easier with 2 adults), played, ate dinner, and went for a long walk. The entire time, Staley kept asking if it was time for the fireworks. We had told her that the fireworks would start when it was dark, so she kept insisting, "I think it's getting dark now."
More successful the second time
Although Staley's 4th of July outfit when she was an infant would have fit Adelie, I didn't want Adelie to feel slighted that all her special occasion outfits have already been worn (and photographed). So I bought Adelie her own, new 4th of July outfit. However, when she had a major diaper blow-out, it worked out well that I had a second 4th of July outfit waiting in the wings. Sometimes things just work out.
Adelie's 4th of July outfit
Adelie's 4th of July outfit, take 2.
After the long, fun day we had, it was FINALLY time for the main attraction. Staley was SO excited! We loaded up and headed down to the lower lake for fireworks. Because it was almost Adelie's bedtime, she cried and cried from the time we put her into her carseat until we almost made it to our viewing spot. Then she calmed down and didn't seem at all phased by the booming practice shots. Staley settled onto Uma's lap and the fireworks started.
Waiting for the fireworks to begin
We made it about one minute into the fireworks when Staley declared, "I don't like the fireworks. I want to go home." Literally one minute. We asked multiple times if she was sure and finally, about three minutes into the fireworks show, we loaded everything back up and headed home. We offered to just sit in the car and watch the fireworks without the noise, but Staley still wasn't interested. She just said, "I want to go home and go to bed." I'm not sure if it was the noise or just the fact that it was 2 hours past her bedtime, but I was so looking forward to watching Staley enjoy the fireworks. I thought our 4th would end with a bang...but it just kind of fizzled out.