4th of July, 2014

Story told by: Lainey

We love the 4th of July! We started the day with some delicious, festive french toast.

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Daddy did a great job of making this.

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After breakfast, we drove to Johnson for the parade. I got my chair set up and settled in right away.

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We got there about an hour and a half before the parade (so we could get good seats). This means we had plenty of time for pictures!

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Daddy and I went for a walk, and found the official parade sign. We love small towns!

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Our friends started arriving, so we brought out the sidewalk chalk.

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And then the bubbles came out. Those were a huge hit!

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Ivy finally arrived! I was so happy!!

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Henry and Mommy spent some time together.

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Yesterday Mommy and I read a magazine that had fireworks and rockets in it. I spent all morning looking in the sky for a rocket.

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Stella finally arrived as well! I was one happy girl to have so many friends here.

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The parade start time was getting much closer, so we took our seats.

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Ivy and her sweet Mommy and Daddy. (Ivy is going to have a little brother in September. We can’t wait to meet him!)

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Once the parade started, the “floats” threw out candy. We get free candy?! Awesome.

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Henry did such a great job of staying awake all morning, but he finally passed out during the last ten minutes of the parade. He was quite a trooper!

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We went home to take naps after the parade. After that we went to Jeff and Jenny’s house for our annual BBQ. When we arrived, Mya entertained me for quite awhile with the bubble machine.

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Mya and I took a break from playing to model our festive headbands. We are pretty adorable!

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Troy brought out his rocket launcher, which was EXACTLY what I wanted. I found my elusive rocket!

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We played with some Pop Pop Snappers. I loved throwing those!

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Before I left, Hailey and I naturally spent some time rolling down the hill.

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We normally go to Sunnyside Park for the Pullman fireworks, but it would have been a little tricky with Henry. So we came home, put Henry to bed, and did our own fireworks at home. We were originally going to wait until it got dark, but Mommy and Daddy said my attitude was quickly deteriorating (they’re clearly lying).

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I really liked the sparklers. I kept requesting that we draw ovals, hearts, and the letter “L.” (In case you don’t know, I’ve recently learned that is the first letter in my name.) Also, in spite of the 85-degree weather, I insisted on wearing my winter hat. Mommy muttered something about “picking her battles.”

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After sparklers, Daddy tried a couple of firework tanks, snakes, and a fountain. They all terrified me, so I spent the rest of the time in Mommy’s arms. When Daddy brought out the Pop Pop Snappers, I felt a little better because I knew exactly what to do.

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Daddy ended our fireworks with FOUR sparklers. Daddy is so talented. We had such a fun day!

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