Yesterday was a really nice day. We started out by attending a kid's parade at our church. Kid's parade really means you go on a walk with your kids. We put the babies in the wagon, Raef and Zach rode their bicycles, and Eli drove his tricycle. Did I ever mention that Reno is quite hilly? It just so happened that this particular parade involved ascending two rather large hills. Eli insisted on riding himself. He did NOT want to be pushed. I don't think I could even ride a tricycle uphill unassisted. Needless to say, it did not take long before the parade left us far behind. I would sneak push him and he would keep yelling at me. We finally came to a complete standstill halfway up the second hill, in front of neighbors who were sitting out on their front lawns. Believe me, they got quite a show.
I was miraculously able to coax him up the hill somehow, and after a little shortcut, we were back in the game. Whew. What an ordeal. But I kept my cool.
After this little festivity, we headed to our neighborhood for another kid's parade. It was great. NO HILLS! We ended at someone's house and were able to meet lots of new neighbors. I found someone to run with, the kids found some new friends, and I even have a name of another babysitter. It was a pretty darn fruitful expedition, I must say.
Rinar and I decided to brave the crowds and cranky children and go see the fireworks. It worked out perfectly. We went to Carson City and camped out in the church parking lot. The fireworks were right next door. We waited for about an hour. The babies had lots of fun. They ran around us in circles. They were non-stop until the first firework ignited. Then the fun really began.
I didn't know how they would react, but it was so perfect. Julia giggled and laughed. Harry oohed and aahed. Eli jumped for joy and did his little eagle scream. Raef and Zach were enraptured. They were great. It was a little long, so right before the finale, we loaded the little ones in the car. Then as soon as the finale was over, we hit the road and stayed ahead of all the traffic. We were home in 15 minutes.
It was a perfect 4th.
Happy birthday, America. We really love this country. The best country in the world. I am so grateful that I can call myself an American.