Tuesday, July 5, 2011

HAPPY 4th OF JULY 2011!

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great day celebrating the red, white and blue!  William and Dan left the house around 9am and headed up into Fairlington (our next door neighborhood) to practice basketball.  When they got there, Dan called to tell me that Fairlington was going to have their 4th of July parade at 10am.  Luckily, William's bike was in Dan's car and no one would know that we didn't live in Fairlington.....so, we jumped on the chance to join in on the fun.  

Adeline was sound asleep, but I didn't want to miss celebrating the holiday and watching William in the parade.  So, I snatched her up and quickly got her dressed, I threw on some clothes, brushed my teeth and we flew out the door!  We got to the parade about 20 minutes before it started.  Fairlington is a family neighborhood with tons of kids, so the crowd was very festive - lots of decorated wagons and bikes!  

The fife and drum were playing patriotic music and the fire truck was flashing lights and gearing up to lead the parade.  We headed into the streets and walked a short couple of blocks to the end of the parade where there was a parking lot full of hot dog and popsicle vendors.  It was VERY HOT and humid, so we didn't stay to eat.  

William had such a good time riding his bike in the parade and he was so thrilled that Adeline was there to experience the 4th of July with him.  He kept reminding me that this was Adeline's very first 4th of July and her very first parade.  He also told me how beautiful she looked in her flag dress.  I tell ya, my little boy has a heart of gold!

We came home after the parade and took it easy.  William and Adeline both took long naps.  We left the house around 4pm for Leesburg, VA.  A couple of years ago we realized that Leesburg was a great place to go watch fireworks.  It's about 40 minutes away and home to some outstanding outlet shopping as well as an old town square with quaint shops and restaurants.  We took William to Leesburg to watch the fireworks when he was 2.5 (last year we were out of town), so we thought we'd go again now that we have Adeline!

After some shopping and dinner, we found a spot on the big hill next to a parking lot.  This was near the same area we sat last time.  William was excited, but he was also slightly nervous.  He kept asking if we had his ear plugs because the fireworks were going to be SOOOOOOO loud.  Ha! They were MILES away and you could hear the slightest "pop," but nevertheless, William was convinced that he had to have the plugs before the show started.   It was a great fireworks display and William loved it!  Adeline slept through the entire show, but we promised to tell her all about it.   Then, after a few wrong turns on the way home, we finally got in our beds a little past midnight.

It was a fun family 4th, and a very sweet first holiday for my little Adeline.  Don't you think she makes a precious Little Miss Firecracker?  We sure do!


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