I think part of building a family is building traditions. We’ve figured out that first birthdays are meant for big celebrations, 2nd birthdays for a fun day trip, and holidays we’re still figuring out. Moving closer to the heart of town has also allowed us to try new things. For the past 50+ years, our town has a parade that treks through a few blocks and features some clubs, fire department, police officers, and bands. We’ve always been “too far” to make the trip out, but our new house is walking distance to the parade. Thursday I decided we should go. Yes, the day before. And I quickly realized Aubrey & I do not have any Americana attire so I headed to Old Navy, grabbed us some shirts, and cut them up thanks to some tutorials on Pinterest. Hers came out cute. Mine was a slight trainwreck that I worked on to make it better (In my defense, they only had men’s XXL shirts. And ya, I’m not a men’s XXL). A quick text with a friend had us all set to meet up on Friday and watch the parade with our kids. Next year we’ll go better prepared with more cold water, a shade tarp, and more sunblock. But the kids LOVED it.
After the parade, we walked home and set up one of the pools we bought for Luke’s birthday party. We ate lunch outside and let them play in it briefly – really just to rinse them off from all the watermelon they ate. Naptime came, and Mama enjoyed an afternoon of no kids, a cold beer (and margarita!) and some music thanks to our neighbors (who thankfully have great taste in music).
Over 2 hours of a nap for Aubrey and almost 3 for Luke, they were finally ready to have a great time in the pool. By then the entire thing was shaded and we all had a blast.
They both slept AMAZINGLY that night. And so did I. One of my goals on my Powersheets is to go to bed early one night a week. On the night of the 4th, I went to bed at 9 and slept till 8:30. Luke woke up twice but I was sleeping in 4 hour chunks and it was AMAZING!!!
I hope you had a safe, fun, and memorable 4th of July! What did you do???