Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

We had a fun day yesterday on the 4th. I am so thankful that we had a break from the blistering heat we experienced last week.

Independence Day is a very big deal in our small town of Pegram, TN. There are festivities all day, beginning with a pancake breakfast at 6 am. There is a parade; games, inflatables, and a petting zoo for the kids; tons of food and music; and lots of competitive fun - pie eating contests, horseshoes, baby beauty pageants, and the like.

Madeline loved the parade. Life is more fun now with a youngun'. Things that seemed kinda lame before (like a small-town parade) seem exciting now when I view them through her eyes. There were lots of kids throwing candy from floats, and whenever any would land on the ground near us she would point and say "Uh oh!" That's what you're supposed to say when you drop something, right?

We took her to the petting zoo too, and she got to touch bunnies, goats, sheep, and an alpaca. Big fun when you are 15 months old.

Later in the day we got to welcome our friends from Nepal to their first 4th of July in America with a cookout. It was fun to explain what it means to them and try to describe fireworks to those who had never seen them before. We had planned to take them to the fireworks display in Pegram, but the torrential rain made us decide to just let the kids play in our living room instead.

Here are a few photos of our Indepence Day fun:

Swinging with Grandpa

Practicing our walking skills with Grandma and Grandpa at Pegram Park

Parade Time!

Daniel helped to direct traffic during the parade

Cool! You don't get to see alpaca very often in Middle Tennessee.

4th of July cupcakes :)

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