Wednesday, August 9, 2017

4th of July festivities

It's no secret that I love any reason to celebrate, and 4th of July is no exception.  The patriotism, fireworks, sparklers, and food make it a wonderful reason to enjoy getting people together.  Since we moved into our neighborhood three years ago we have loved the 4th even more.  We enjoy hosting a festive backyard cookout with neighbors and friends that just feels like a America should feel.  Our HOA encourages homes to be decorated with flags and then puts on a great 4th of July pool party with games, prizes, bounce houses, and BBQ.  Possibly, the most festive activity of all is our neighborhood bike parade.  Henry and I now have a tradition of decorating his bike as he gathers with the big kids and rides along the streets with neighbors sitting in their yards cheering and waving along the way.  It feels like wholesome Americana at it's finest and rain or shine it's always such a great time.
We crafted up some patriotic slime and had fun with a red, white, and blue water balloon fight leading up to the 4th.

The kiddos couldn't stop telling me how much fun they were having when we broke out our paints for party decorations and our 4 year tradition handprint flag shirts.  
Our 3rd of July neighborhood BBQ was fun for all.

Rain or shine the bike parade is always a good time.  

We ended up having the most relaxed 4th of July in history.  The sleepy rain that just wouldn't stop had us playing dominoes and painting finger nails on the patio, enjoying lots of snacking and ending the day with store's and more sparklers.  
My little cuties have been patriotic obsessed since the 4th and I can't tell you how many times I've heard them sing You're a Grand Old Flag and Star Spangled Banner.  It's amazing how quickly the 4th of July came and went this year, summer has never been so sweet.  

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