Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.

Maybe it's because I like fireworks. Maybe it's because I was a political science major in college and have always been somewhat patriotic. Whatever. I like the Fourth of July.

So I looked forward to celebrating the girls first Fourth of July.

To get into the festive spirit, I bought the girls some red, white and blue dresses, along with matching headwear.

I'm not sure what the headwear is called -- a bandana, a scarf, or what? -- but Caroline had a name for it -- BAD. She wouldn't wear it, and kept ripping it off and tossing it to the ground. We managed to coax her into wearing it for brief periods, but ultimately the headwear ended up in Daddy's pocket. This is one of the only photographs I got of her where she isn't screaming as if the headwear is burning her scalp off, and even in this photo you can see she is none too pleased!

Caroline's Not Really Into Headgear.
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Katherine, on the other had, seemed to enjoy the outfit, perhaps sensing it meant something fun was going to happen.

Katherine in Fourth of July Garb
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In the morning, we took the girls to a Fourth of July celebration in a nearby park, where we ate a Pancake breakfast. The girls shared half a pancake, and enjoyed looking at all the people in the park. There were lots of other kids in the park, which always entertains the girls.

After breakfast, the girls got to march in "The Kid's Parade". Dressed in their red, white, and blue dresses, Katherine and Caroline got to march behind a fire truck, and through the park along with about 100 other kids dressed in various holiday costumes. Although they didn't win a prize for best costume, the girls did get a little American flag and a participation ribbon!

Caroline & Katherine in the Kid's Parade
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The whole affair, from pancake breakfast to the end of the parade was about an hour and a half, which was just about as much fun as Katherine and Caroline could take. We got them home before noon, and spent the rest of the holiday hanging out at the house.

No fireworks for the girls this year. Mainly because the girls are asleep by the time fireworks start! Maybe next year, though.

1 comment:

Amy75 said...

So cute! I can only imagine how many people stopped you to tell you that too! I love the little outfits, who knew you were so fashion savvy. As for here, it was like any other day : ( There were a few Italians in my neighborhood who were celebrating their World Cup victory over Germany by honking their horns - that was as excitig as it got. I did think of the good ol' American meal that you cooked for our going away dinner and that put a smile on my face!