Happy about 4th of July festivities
We started our day with the annual 4th of July parade at Uma and Papa's house. Both girls LOVED the parade. Adelie waved at each and every float that drove past. And although Staley covered her ears for the fire trucks, at least she didn't cover her ears for the whole parade in anticipation of the fire trucks like she did last year. Progress!!
Here comes the parade!!
Adelie is pretty serious about her parade watching...and parade candy.
After the parade, we stayed at Zach's parents house to enjoy a 4th of July feast with Zach's extended family. Although the Bradford cousins were in St. Louis this year, the girls were excited that Liam and baby Caroline could enjoy the parade and lunch with us this year.
I guess it takes more than a parade and a wonderful fried chicken lunch to get Caroline excited.
After lunch and some fun play time at Uma and Papa's, we headed home for naps. I was holding out hope that both girls would take good naps in anticipation of staying up a few hours past bedtime. And miracle of miracles, they did. Even Staley fell asleep and took a nice little nap. After naps, we played outside, took some more 4th of July pictures, ate dinner, took a walk, and then went back to Uma and Papa's for another little visit before the fireworks.
All decked out in red, white, and blue.
So glad that we had time to wash and dry her special dress before the parade.
And then, the fireworks. Last year, Staley only lasted 2 minutes into the fireworks before wanting to leave. (I think it was a combination of the late hour and the loud noise.) She was adamant that she wanted to go again this year, but told us she was nervous about the noise. Staley's idea to help with the noise was to have Adelie scream so that the fireworks wouldn't sound so loud. She didn't quite understand her flawed logic (or the fact that we are really trying to encourage Adelie in the other direction). But Zach had this great idea...
Staley borrowed Zach's ear protection...and she LOVED the fireworks. After each firework went off, she would exclaim, "I really liked that one!" "I liked that one too!" "I liked both of those!" "Oooh. I REALLY liked that one!" After every.single.one. And although she wore her ear protection until we were safely back in the car (just in case there were more fireworks), the fireworks were a roaring success.
Adelie, being Adelie, was not bothered in the least by the loud fireworks. She sat perfectly still for the first 10-15 minutes, just watching. (Oh, if we could only have fireworks every day!!) After the initial awe wore off, she continued to watch the fireworks while climbing on and off Zach, wandering around the blanket, and playing with her glow bracelets.
After the fireworks, we went straight home and both girls went to bed without a peep...and slept until 9:00 this morning.
What a wonderful 4th!!!