Although I was so sad to leave Seguin and all the family festivities down there, we returned to very happy news: Clint was given a day off on the 4! When we woke up to two happy, healthy kids, we knew it was going to be a good day. We (I) frantically searched my email for any Independence Day invitations that had previously been ignored, and set about crafting a fun day for us.
We started out with a quick photo session before the parade.
Evie was a little drowsy, but you really couldn't tell she'd been sick. I was so glad to have my healthy girl back.
Note Evie's bow--this is the first time I've actually gotten one to stay in her hair (which is finally coming in, slowly but surely). I think she looks adorable, however, some kid at the parade yelled "Nice mohawk...I mean bow!" at her. So random. To make Evie feel better, I pointed out that his hair didn't look that great either. :)
My sweet patriotic little ones.
A close-up of the mohawk. :)
Then we met up with the Stoltzes and the Jordans for the Lakewood 4th of July parade. I LOVE this parade. It is so cute and feels just like a perfect small-town parade (it is missing the low-riders present at my small-town parade, but other than that, it's perfect :).
My kiddos watched very intently for the full 45-minute parade. It was the perfect length, because they did not get bored at all. The candy being thrown from the floats helped keep Charlie engaged. :)
Sweet Stoltz family.
Bethany and Palmer.
After the parade, we headed to an awesome swimming/bounce house/BBQ party. It was so much fun. I somehow forgot our swim suits, but we borrowed a swim diaper for Charlie, put an inflatable ring around him, and let him swim on his own. He loved the freedom and was a wild man in the pool. The rest of us were very jealous of him getting to cool off. We had another swimming party after naps, then a fun dinner outside, and whisked the kids into bed. We decided we'd wait another year for fireworks, as we were all totally exhausted by 8:00. It was a wonderful day. I missed all my Seguin family, but so glad that we got to spend a fun Independence Day with Clint!