Monday, July 9, 2012

Vacation Journaling 2012: Day 5 - Happy 4th of July!

When we decided that this year's vacation would be over the week of the 4th of July I said my only requirements were that we went to a parade and fireworks.  So on Wednesday morning we all dressed up in our red, white, and blue and headed to downtown Rhinelander for their holiday parade.

Parades tend to have an emotional affect on me and this one was no different.  As the cannon boomed and the color guard was escorted up the street by the police motorcycle everyone stood and clapped in appreciation; and my eyes welled up with tears as I felt pride for my country and gratitude for all the men and women who fight to keep us free.

This was the boys' first big parade (and it was a good one!) and they loved it, despite the scorching heat that had us all dripping wet with sweat.

Keaton waved at all of the cars, danced to the bands, and continually asked me to "take a picture of that one, mom!"

But their favorite part was probably the candy.

They were both a little timid at first...

but soon got the hang of it...

filling their little baskets as quickly as they could.

Although Hutt's was emptying about as quickly as it was filling.

I finally had to cut him off, fearing he'd get a tummy ache.

By the time the parade ended the boys were utterly exhausted and both crashed on our way home; sleeping through their cousins' visit that afternoon.

We spent the afternoon hanging out at the cabin, grilling burgers and brats, and visiting with Kira & Justin, who came up for the afternoon.

That evening we headed to Lake Tomahawk for some snowshoe baseball and fireworks.  The boys sat with my cousin and her friend watching the game and eating popcorn for a few innings and then we walked them down to the ice cream shop before fireworks.

The fireworks were fantastic, but the best part by far was Keaton's reaction.  When the first firework boomed he sat up straight and got very still, I thought he was afraid and asked if he wanted to come sit on my lap.  No!  He told me.  And then he exploded. 


And on and on it went, for the entire 20 to 30 minutes to ever sparkle that hit the sky.  It was absolutely adorable, I hope he never losses his excitement for life.

My cousin caught a video of part of it and I'm hoping it will work here.  If not, watch for it on Facebook, I'll be sharing it as my Day 5 Picture of the Day.

{Edited to add: The video of Keaton isn't working; enjoy this one of fireworks instead.  Watch for Keaton on Facebook.  If we're not Facebook friends, why not?}

Despite the heat, it was truly a fantastic holiday spent with lots of family.

My favorites from the day:
Sound: The boom of the cannon to start the parade
Sight: The color guard coming down the street
Taste: A glass of Red Moscato shared with Kira
Animal of the day & Collin's favorite part: A wolf sighting on the way home from fireworks
Thing I don't want to forget: Keaton's excitement for the fireworks.  I love that child.


CAS said...

Ahh- I will have to call soon- just to catch up with them on the phone and see if they will tell me about their vacation! sounds so great!

Kate said...

Cas, I was planning on calling you Sunday night and I don't know where the evening went. We'll give you a call sometime this week so the boys can talk to you. :)

Jill said...

Sounds like a great, relaxing day! Love the excitement about the parade, candy, and of course, fireworks! Great post!

Jill said...

Oh, and I'm sorry...this was worthy of a 2nd comment.......snowshoe baseball????!!!! :)