Our Star Spangled Day started by walking to the annual Kirkwood Kids Parade.
Some of us walked in the parade.
See Addie leading up the back of the parade in her striped dress. The parade goes around a big block and back to the start for bomb pops.
The rest of us waited patiently for Bomb Pops.
Well, kind of patiently.
Fee, fi, fiddleee, feee, me say, he say, we, we, we, and a box of rocks, michael jackson is my dad, and somehow you are out.
Back to Camp for lunch al fresco.
To the pool.
The Minnesotans seemed cold.
Somehow we found ourselves taking over the baby pool with a game of baseball. That’s what we call Barmann style. Did you know Joe Mauer plays two positions? Batter and Checher? See him there behind Grace?
By 4:00 it was time for some naps to prepare for a long night ahead.
Chef Dan made hot dogs and hamburgers for another al fresco meal. And the BOMB for dessert. Homemade strawberry shortcake.
Then it was time to smoke out the neighbors.
And ourselves. This could not be a good idea. Everyone seems to be able to see today but I am a little surprised. They ran full speed INTO the smoke every time. Except Nolan who a few times held back as the godfather with his arms behind his back.
He’s a wise one.
But don’t worry, he risked his eye sight too.
There’s potential hearing loss as well.
This was a common scene for the rest of the day.
Another wise one.
It was such a wonderfully gorgeous day. Perfect sunlight and a slightly cool breeze. Hands down the best weather we’ve ever had in St. Louis on the 4th of July.
Did you know they make strobe light fireworks? The kids danced like crazy while the adults avoided seizures by looking away.
We headed up to Kirkwood Park for the big fireworks. Hi Dan.
Oh my goodness Walker.
It was a perfectly lovely night.
And the fireworks were fantastic. Max thought he was controlling them, ninja style. Or with the Force. Or as Iron Man. Or Mega Man.
Walker and I had a plan that I would cover his ears. He wanted to cover his eyes but only made it as far as his mouth. He sat like this for a minute or so and then turned around and buried his face on me. He never cried, just snuggled in tight. I did not complain and would honestly like to go back for more fireworks tonight. I think that would be sort of selfish so I won’t suggest it.
We came home and went ahead and blew some more stuff up and the kids had sparklers. They asked to go to bed and since it was almost 11pm we let them.
Happy 4th of July all!!!