The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. My husband doesn't believe me (What about Christmas, he says). There are no fireworks on Christmas! There is no red, white and blue. No parades and no block parties.
I love the 4th! And it seems Julia is a fan as well. We started the day in my hometown watching the parade. She oooohed and aaaaahhhhed and waved and smiled for the first 20 minutes. Then she wanted to walk into the street and be in the parade. So we spent a good portion walking around, saying hi to friends and trying to stay on the sidewalks. When it was clear to me that she was no longer happy being a spectator, we packed up and left.
She napped in the afternoon and with Chris supervising her during nap time (she was in our bed), I set up our driveway with Julia's water table and baby pool, lawn chairs and the cooler. I sat in the chair, feet placed in the pool, drinking a wine cooler and waiting for family to arrive.
The rest of the night was so much fun! Food, fireworks, s'mores! And Julia stayed up until 9:00 p.m. having a blast. She wasn't scared of the loud pops from the fireworks we set off and was wide-eyed and amazed by the colors. Lots of "oh wow" coming from her mouth! She went to bed right before the big fireworks show started without a fuss and slept until 7:00 a.m. A RECORD!
Last year, she was just a tiny 11 week old who had no idea what on earth was happening. This year, a week shy of being 15 months and lovin' life!