|Dad covered in grandchildren at the race waiting for awards.|
|Practicing his sight words by reading them as he threw snappers at the word.|
When we finished up with fireworks I took a shower and then we headed right back outside for lunch and to play with sidewalk chalk. Elise was so tired she fell asleep with her head on Opa's lap while laying on the porch swing. We had been waiting to go to the park for the activities going on there until Erin and her kids made it to town. They finally made it to town right after Elise had fallen asleep. I decided we'd let Elise sleep for a bit and meet up with them later. A boy rode by on a bike and yelled "Happy 4th of July," to us. Carter started talking to him and they ended up riding bikes and playing together. I was glad that occupied Carter because all morning he had been asking me when we were going to see Hayden and was driving me nuts! Elise didn't nap for very long and when she woke up we headed to the park.
|Elise was out!|
|Carter with his friend he made.|
Erin, Hayden, and Addison were at Kiddieland when we got to the park. We got some tickets. Carter and Hayden rode all the rides together. Elise and Addison did their own things but then rode together a few times. They had such a good time! While they were waiting to ride the train which would use up their last tickets for the day the kids said they were thirsty so I ventured out to see if they were giving away water anywhere in the park. Usually there's a church group passing out water bottles but no such luck. There was a politician giving out popsicles so I got one for each of the kids. When Carter saw the twin popsicle, he immediately asked me to break it in half so he could share it with Hayden which I thought was so sweet. Then Elise wanted to do the same with Addison. We saw an Uncle Sam on stilts and got a picture, walked around to look at the booths (which were a bust), and played at the playground. My flip flop broke so I was walking with one shoe on and one shoe off which was odd, but it worked.
When we got back to the house Jeremy told Carter his friend had come by the house looking for him. Thomas was grilling the steak for dinner. We had a delicious meal complete with a red, white, and blue cake mom had made which was delicious! Carter wanted to get more fireworks and my parents said they'd get some so we walked back to the firework stand. I asked Elise what she'd like and she said she wanted snakes. We asked where the snakes were and they said they were out. After that she walked around saying, "All I want it snakes. They don't have snakes, they all out." She wouldn't pick anything else so I decided we'd drive to a different stand to get some snakes. We ended up picking out a few extra things while we were there. When we got home we did more fireworks and when it got dark Thomas started shooting off the artillery shells mom got for him. The kids loved them but not the noise so they were both wearing headphones. Elise eventually took hers off but Carter wore his the whole time. Elise would laugh and clap every time one of the artillery shells lit up the sky, it was fun to watch! They both enjoyed sparklers and Elise told me when hers was finished, "I want more fire!"
|Sparklers were a big hit this year too.|
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