Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Noah's First Fourth

We had a pretty uneventful 4th of July in the Nielson home.  Because of the wild fires all over the state of Colorado, most cities canceled their fireworks shows.  I had this dream of lying on a lawn with Noah and Ryan, watching fireworks overhead (I always romanticize holidays), so I was pretty bummed that we wouldn't be taking Noah to watch fireworks after all.  I am still pretty bummed about it, actually.  But I guess there's always next year.

Determined to make the holiday at least a little bit festive, I suggested that we spend the night at my Dad's house on the 3rd, get up and make red, white, and blue pancakes for breakfast, and then walk with the kids in the annual neighborhood parade on the morning of the 4th.  

Well, in typical Westover fashion, we got a slow start on the day and had to skip the patriotic pancakes, and then we were late getting to the parade, so we missed it.  Yes, we are awesome!

Don't worry, though, we had our own parade.  Ryan pulled the boys in a decorated wagon, and Sarah and I walked alongside them pushing Jade in her stroller and singing "You're a Grand Old Flag." 

Noah was ecstatic and laughed the entire time we were walking.  I think he was mostly amused by the fact that he got to whack his cousin Callum in the face with his plastic flag.  Callum wasn't too happy about it and cried most of the way home.

I feel kind of bad that Noah had such a lame first 4th of July--but from the pure glee on his face in the pictures from our "parade," I'm pretty sure that he didn't really care.

Maybe we'll get him to a real parade (and some fireworks!) next year. :)


  1. I think it's hilarious that you thought Noah would lie on a blanket next to you and watch the fireworks. You know what would have really happened? He would have been all over the place crying and cranky b/c it was WAAAAY past his bedtime and there were insanely loud booms every few seconds. You didn't miss much. :)

  2. So cute!! I wish we were there to spend the 4th with you guys. I love those little hats! how fun!

  3. Looks like an adorable parade! I don't think you missed anything- kids and fireworks were not a good mix for us until everyone was around 5 years old.

  4. I think Sarah's right about how it would have been to watch fireworks with Noah. I am also pretty sure that Noah was happy with the 4th just the way it was!


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