The 4th of July

The 4th of July is second best to Christmas for me.  We have just as many, if not more family traditions. Th night before I am so excited I have trouble falling asleep and after it is all over I feel just a little sad that I must wait a whole year until I see that wonderful parade again.

For starters we go to the perfectly wonderful small town I grew up in. We watch the prade that has been close to the same for the last 28 years of my life. Old cars, driven by old friends, little sisters of high school buddies riding their ponies, all dressed up with sparkers. Cowboy hats and boots, the conformtable chruch floats and the big fire trucks with children packed on the top, thorowing candy as fast as they can.

It's a perfect start to the day.
^Like I said, it's a small town^

^That FACE^

^My little sisters and dad all festive^

^We go all out^
^Littlest brother asking for one more candy^
^We tell them the more they dance and the higher they jump the more candy they will get^
^And Lewis slept though it all^

Lewis is doing great! He is eating like crazy and sleeping like a champ. He is just starting to smile and respond to us and people he loves. It's so much fun, but at the same time I can't believe how fast everything is going. I just want to remember everything, I want to experience every single moment.

We have been getting ready for the Gillsons to come! We are so very excited to introduce Lewis to his Grandparents on his daddy's side! We are planning a beach trip and of course good food and lots of baby snuggles and kisses. I can't wait!


P.S. Yes I have been working on "the birth story" it is taking me a while. Partly because I am not so great at typing with n infant on my lap but mostly because I still get a little weepy and emotional over the whole thing. I guess I am still trying to process it all. It was crazy. I still can't believe I did it. The story is coming soon!



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