I know, I know, it was last week that we celebrated Independence Day around here. Life has been busy. Maybe I should re-title my blog to that phrase!
Well, this year we celebrated the 4th a little differently than usual. We didn't go on the annual family camping trip; which was a little bit of a bummer, but not too much because the weather was SO dang hot and I enjoyed being able to cool off inside my house instead of sweltering in a tent. The Mr. had to work also (he did get to stay home Sunday thankfully) so I didn't feel up to camping without his calming influence and strong tent-setting muscles.
Instead, I took the younger girls to a parade. We sat at the end of the parade route (because we decided a little late to go to it) and we sat. And we sat. And we waited.
Later in the afternoon, once the Mr had gotten home and relaxed, he took some of the kids down to buy fireworks - the legal kind. But we didn't have our own fireworks show until Sunday night. On Sat night we joined a bunch of friends out in Mt. Angel to watch the special fireworks show there. Our friend plays in the community band and so we got to listen to some great patriotic music before the show started.