What better way is there to celebrate the 4th of July than hanging out at the pool and watching fireworks.
Happy 4th! Every year our neighborhood coordinates a parade for the kids. It’s a fun little route that goes through the neighborhood streets. The kids mostly ride their decorated bikes, but there is always some scooters and other rolling contraptions. Emery and Carter are old enough that they take off with their friends, while Julie and I are in hot pursuit. We finished off the super hot holiday in the most traditional way we could, by swimming at the pool and watching fireworks with friends.
We had a really fun and busy 4th of July weekend. This year solidified some new traditions for our family and we look forward to them each year.
Our newest tradition is going to the top of Four Lakes ski hill to watch the hot air balloons take off from the Eyes to the Skies festival. We packed a picnic dinner, set up our blankets and enjoyed seeing them take off one-by-one. After we ate, the kids and us ran up and down the hill and burned off some of our energy.
Saturday was the 2nd annual neighborhood 4th of July parade. This is where families decorate their bikes and scooters and meet at the clubhouse for a ride through the neighborhood. The weather was perfect, so we met some friends after and went to the pool. Later that evening, we hung out with neighbors and had some great laughs with them. The kids were in awe over the smoke bombs, and Carter had fun throwing poppers on the ground. Emery didn’t make it to the fireworks, so she stayed home with mom. Carter and I went to the Bolingbrook Fireworks show, we set up camp, ate our popcorn and waited for the fireworks to begin. As we sat and waited, the excitement of the day finally settled in and Carter became extremely tired – he wanted to go home. So, we went home and went to bed.
Finally, on Sunday we went on our first family bike ride where Carter and I rode our bikes, and Emery sat in the bike carrier behind Julie’s bike. It didn’t start out well with Emery, but she eventually got used to her new seat. Carter suggested we head to a nearby subdivision with hopes to see his friend from school at their park. We had a lot of fun at the park, and Carter and I were pretending like we were contestants on American Ninja Warrior. Needless to say, it was a long ride home, but fun was had by all. Carter enjoyed a sweet, cool, ice cream treat when we got home!
It couldn’t have been a better 4th of July weekend. The weather was amazing, there was a lot to do, and plenty of fireworks all around.
The weekend started with a parade! Our neighborhood put together an impromptu parade for all the children. So, Carter and 50 of his closest friends road their decorated vehicles down the bike path. Red white and blue was everywhere and spectators enjoyed watching the children.
Later that afternoon, we climbed to the top of the Four Lakes ski hill and watched the balloons lift off at eye of the skies.
In the evening, Emery stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa Stubler, while Julie, Carter, and I went to the the Fireworks in Bolingbrook. For the first time, Carter stayed awake through the entire show. To keep us busy before the show started, we brought homemade popcorn, a soccer ball, and Carter’s glow flag from Grandma and Grandpa Wassmer.
Oh, and while we were celebrating America’s birthday, we also celebrated Carter’s stuffed puppy’s, named Puppy, birthday. So, at dinner, we sang Happy Birthday to him. Carter also picked out a new lego set for him. Nice try, Carter! No birthday presents for puppy!
Carter was such a trooper this year, he stayed up an hour and a half past his bedtime to catch a short glimpse of some Bolingbrook fireworks. 15 minutes after the colors started flying he started saying “I’m really tired.” I was hoping for a little more fireworks but I’m glad he at least got to see some big fireworks.
The weather was so nice this weekend. On Saturday Grandpa and I went golfing while Carter, Mommy and Grandma went to the farmers market. We filled the rest of weekend with a great lunch picnic at our park and 3 visits to our neighborhood pool. Carter’s YMCA swim lessons have really helped him in the pool, he is getting pretty used to the water. He is now blowing good motorboat bubbles and getting most of his head under the water.