How is it that holidays become so much more fun once you have kiddos? I think it must have something to do with seeing everything through your child's eyes, but every holiday since Elyse was born has been just a little bit sweeter. 4th of July certainly wasn't any different and we enjoyed every bit of it!
And also, having children also means a ridiculous amount of pictures for each holiday...so you've been warned of the ridiculous number of pictures in this post!
|Elyse & I broke out our patriotic attire on Wednesday---she's an All American Cutie for sure!|
|We were a little nervous about how she would handle the fireworks so we borrowed some headphones...she didn't end up wearing them, but she looked cute practicing!|
We started our family celebration on 4th of July Eve with a few little fireworks in our driveway. Elyse has been a little jumpy with other loud noises so we wanted to let her experience some close up before the big show!
|Checking out the chicken after it had gone off!|
|Smoke bombs with Daddy!|
|And some snaps of course!|
|She definitely got the hang of it...|
|& then we got brave and tried some sparklers with Mommy...|
|& then maybe one with Daddy...|
|& then she got brave enough to try it on her own...of course I think this was right before she decided she needed to "show" mommy & daddy her sparkler which meant running towards us with a burning stick! Thankfully the sparkler burned out quickly!|
Our neighborhood also has a fun tradition of having a bike/wagon parade around the neighborhood with all the children. The get all decked out in their patriotic best, decorate bikes/wagons, and traipse around the neighborhood for the neighbors to see. This year we even had one of our older gentleman be the lead car with his Mercedes convertible...such a fun tradition!
|Checking out all the excitement with Papa & Josey!|
|Our little patriotic Diva!|
|& of course we had to include Bogey!|
|We attempted a family photo with all 4 of us...|
|but including just 3 seemed to work much better!|
|Headed down the street...|
|We struggled a bit because we sacrificed Elyse's morning nap start-time for parading around!|
|Papa snapped an action shot of the entire family!|
|But momma wasn't giving up yet...we're getting closer...|
|Well...I guess that's it, you either get to have a baby looking or a dog butt--what do I prefer? ha!|
|All the kiddos in a group...the best we could do!|
|One last family photo, with a tired & grumpy baby girl! She really wasn't grumpy, but she was NOT smiling!|
|but Gigi gets a smile!|
|& she LOVED the pinwheel!|
After the parade, morning naptime, and a quick lunch, we headed down to my parents house for the our annual celebration. We had a LOT of fireworks leftover from last year because we had such a dry summer last year that we didn't shoot off very many...which mean we had this...
|Yeah...we had all of that to shoot off!|
|Comparing Harper's toes & Elyse's toes...Elyse LOVED this!|
|Of course we had to do some snaps with Gigi & Papa...|
We had the guys be in charge of shooting off the fireworks, and they started things off with 4 confetti canons! Thankfully we live in the country and a lawnmower works wonders to get rid of all the mess!
|Setting up the next round of fireworks!|
|Elyse Ooohhhing & Aaaahhhing with Gigi & Mamaw!|