Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th is a big deal here in Urbandale. It's THE holiday. Obviously, the fourth should be a big to deal to all of us since it's that day that our forefathers declared independence from England.

Urbandale has a carnival, parade and fireworks and we live just a few blocks from it all. What I find most interesting is the insanity surrounding the parade. In order to have a spot near our house, I have to go set out a blanket the NIGHT BEFORE. Then, as if that isn't bad enough, I was out walking at 5:30 and people were already sitting waiting for the parade. It's not for 4 1/2 hours people! It's Urbandale. No one is going to steal your chairs. Then, at the parade, things can get kind of heated as late comers stand in front of those who are already seated. Geez. I find that very rude. If they aren't standing right in from of you, they may step in front of your children to grab and goodies tossed their way. My goodness. I can go buy you a bag of candy if it means taht much to ya! It was over 100 degrees that day. The parade was fun but hot and it is a long parade. Like 90 minutes to 2 hours long. It really is a bit much. We planted ourselves in an area with lots of space behind us and when the kids got tired or hot we took a break and they played in the shade.

We planned a neighborhood block party that evening. I was really anxious about it being really pregnant and it being really hot. It was fabulous though. Everyone brought their own meat and a side to share. The kids thought playing in the street was the bestest thing in the world. I was surprised at how accommodating Urbandale was about getting a street closed. They were thrilled. They really promote neighborhood get togethers to help people keep neighborhoods safe. A police officer stopped by and enjoyed a burger with us. I think we will try to continue to have a party that night.

After the block party, we headed up to fire works. Dawson was really scared at first but then loved them. It was their first fireworks show. The kids interest only lasted a short time. 

Thirty-One and tons of fun!

So after 9 years of being away from "home" on my birthday, I finally celebrated one with my family. I remember being a small child and having the grandpas and grandmas over for a birthday celebration. I also got a huge jar of pickles and my Nana always made a lemon cake with lemon frosting and those little crunchy decorative candies on top. I always got so excited to open presents and be the center of attention. It's funny how much birthdays change. At 31, pregnant with my third child, I honestly get more excited for my children's birthdays than my own. Nonetheless, being with my family was absolutely wonderful.

We spent the day in Lakefield at my sister's house. Lilah was feeling so good and it brought us much joy to see her and Ollie play together all day long. The day began with Bella's first swim meet of the season. Which, she did fabulously well. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy. I being the unprepared mother that I am, did not bring coats for my children. Lucky for me, my kids are not picky and Ollie never objected to the purple coat that said, "genuine girl." Haha. Poor kid but at least he was warm.

Lakefield likes to have their summer celebration on my birthday. Such a honor;-) We were able to see a car show and a parade. Very fun. We spent the evening outside enjoying the best burgers and sides. Just sitting around with such wonderful people was a huge blessing. The older I get, the more I appreciate my family. I am so thankful we have moved closer and can spend time with them.