4th of July (2014)

Posted by Amy O. , Monday, July 7, 2014 2:00 PM

A festive banner to commemorate the 4th...doesn't clash too badly with our pink house ;-D...
We had a really fun day on July 4th this year, celebrating La Verne, CA, Style!  We got to 'Uncle' Jon's place about 8:30 a.m. to nab a spot for parade-watching.  Our sweet little patriot...
 

 The parade starts at 10:00 so we had to entertain ourselves a bit beforehand...snuggling...
 ...watching the neighbors...
 ...a bike ride with Grandpa...
 ...waving flags...
 
 ...lounging...
 
 ...Mama playing with her camera...1) Curls!
 
 2) Patriotic Baby Belly (approx. 35 weeks)
 
 The parade begins with a battalion of Harleys...
 ...which is quite loud.
 
 Rachelle & Joel & Jesse walked down from their home a few blocks away!
 

 
 And finally, closer to 11:00 than 10, the parade made its way down to our spot.  It was featuring Star Wars characters for some unknown reason...
 

Parade watching is serious business.
 
 
 
Our friends, the Grovers, found us, too...
 Jaimie, Canyon, & Scott
 Their other kids, Caden & Leilla, were on this float...Caden's fourth from the right...


After a very fun time, we went back home to prepare a scrumptious BBQ (well, until the propane went out half way into the meat being cooked...).  Vianne helped Grandpa shuck the corn!
We had a great meal and then took a break for naps.  In the evening we went back over to La Verne's Las Flores Park to watch the fireworks.  This would be Vianne's first fireworks show & we weren't sure how she would take it, as she's pretty noise-sensitive.  Mama didn't mind too much that she opted for snuggling into my chest, half asleep, with hands cupped over her ears, without viewing a single one, for the duration of the show :-).  The fireworks were gorgeous & it made a lovely end to our fun day.

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