Sunday, July 5, 2009

Four Stars for the Fourth

Before my husband I had the boys, we used to go to the same festival each year and discuss our wishes and dreams on a blanket under the stars and fireworks. Inevitably, our conversations eventually led to having children. We usually ended up giggling and hugging when we thought of starting a family. But I remember both of us saying that it would probably be a long time 'til we were able to experience fireworks with little children. We had a feeling our kids might be the type who detest loud booms. And we were right. For the most part.

But we know now that our kids do love....

...dancing to their Pop Pop's band...


...playing fun games with fun prizes...


...making themselves comfortable when the mood hits...




...eating yummy treats at dusk (even if some is left on their faces)...


...celebrating our great country...



...and snuggling with their parents while anticipating their first real fireworks!

Besides the insane traffic leaving the event, we had an unbelievably successful day. In fact, Eric and I marveled at how well it went. When we were leaving, Peanut even said, "Mommy and Daddy, thank you for taking us here." Surprisingly, Pumpkin only shuddered a bit at the first few loud booms, but he was so impressed with the sight of the fireworks that he "ooohed and aahed" with the best of them. And -- unlike many days of late -- no one shed a tear. Unless, of course, you count the happy ones from me.

7 comments:

Gemma said...

Ohmigosh! It looks as if a wonderful time was had by all. Such good pics! And the boys' smiles are just darling. Good job, Mommy and Daddy!

Tracey said...

Great pictures, I forgot my camera when we went to see the fireworks
:( My youngest doesn't like fireworks so I was worried about her, since we were at the beach it wasn't as loud and there were no tears. I'm glad you had fun!

Kathy B. said...

What a fabulous day with equally fabulous memories.
Love,
K.

L a u r a said...

Awww...touching! Glad you all have great memories of a wonderful celebration!

Lisa said...

Looks like a great time. You have a perfect little family. :-)

Did you watch last night?

Gemma said...

What does EM have on his left wrist in the pic w. the boys? It wasn't there in the other pics.

BigDirty said...

Anyone who knew you when you were a child knew you would be a great adult and Mommy. Thanks for sharring this. I hope your summer is full of happy moments.