On the 3rd, we had some friends over. Unfortunately, I didn't capture any great pics...Boo :(
We invited my parents over for the 4th. We decided we'd grill burger & hot dogs. I made a vegetable-type salad. My mom brought an AWESOME roasted red potato salad and guacamole. Then, I channeled my only inner craftiness and made a flag cake.
After supper, we all went outside to watch Marc & Luke shoot off a *few* fireworks -- under $20 worth. But, before starting the *show*, I wanted a family pic! Fortunately, everybody was happy to oblige my request!
The BEST part at this stage of life (parenting young children) on the 4th with fireworks is watching Luke run away from a firework after Marc lights it. In all actuality, I'm thrilled he's learning AND obeying safety tactics.
At first, Kate was actually quite content with playing with Luke's lawnmower (and he was completely awesome about letting her play with it).
AND, Kate didn't even care about all of the firework noise going on from a block or two over. BUT, Luke has a fascination with these rockets.
And so, in our less than $20 spent, a couple rockets were budgeted in. When those things shot fast into the air, Kate was scared :(. Fortunately, Grandma Andover (my mom), ran inside to grab her "Nigh Nigh" (her favorite blanket).
So, for the rest of the time, Kate simply looked sad.
My only regret was that I don't think Marc & I did very well at talking with Luke the meaning behind this holiday. Yep -- we talked about it being our country's birthday, but Lord willing, next year, we can expand on that a bit (age appropriate, of course).
Either way, we did have a fun family 4th of July!