After dark, we opted out of any major fireworks displays in order to get Cole in bed and comfort our dogs. While Lily hardly notices the fireworks, every forth of July Gunther shakes and quakes until morning. Since we skipped the major displays we lit a few sparklers in the backyard. It was simple, perfect close to the day.
July 5, 2013
Our Independence Day
What an Independence Day! We started celebrating early in the morning at a birthday party for Cole's friend. The party was held in the front yard, giving the guests a front row seat for the Aurora Circle/Mimosa Avenue Neighborhood Parade. The parade was very sweet. Lots of kids, decorated bicycles, golf carts and firetrucks.
After the parade, the fire trucks doubled back to spray water from the fire hose for the kids to play in. Despite being improperly dressed, Cole made her way into the spray. She started by dancing around the edge then before we knew it, she was deep in the spray. And she stopped. So Daddy ran in and saved her. They were both soaked but it was all in the name of fun.
Later in the afternoon, we met up with some friends for a cookout. The kids played in the water and we grilled out. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that Cole, Peter and I had made our way to West Memphis to get a few kid-friendly fireworks. Cole's excitement about the fireworks was limited to shopping. While the smoke bombs went over well, the fireworks that made noise terrified our little girl.