I am grateful for this country and for my freedom. I am also grateful for all those who have sacrificed for the sake of our liberty. Happy Birthday, America!!
We had a fun 4th up here. We dressed the kids up in the best red/white/blue clothes we could find and headed out. First, we celebrated with a movie (Wall-E). It wasn't bad, which is better than I thought it would be! Trying to look ultra patriotic we went to the mall to check out Old Navy's 4th t-shirts (no luck), but we did go next door and buy Joseph his first webkinz. I know he is only 3, but he plays on the other kids' all the time and has been asking. I have been wanting a new swimsuit, so we went into Sears to look and, low and behold, all their swimsuits (and a lot of summer clothes) were 50% clearance + another 40%. So all the kids got new swimsuits and outfits, no luck for me, though. A quick (not fast enough for me) lunch at McDonalds- with playland, and off to one more store to look for a swimsuit (still no luck), but we did all get new red/white/blue shirts, some of the kids looked pretty hobo-ish in the ones we had them in, and Peter found some flip flops.
By this time it was approaching 6:00 and we thought we had better start scoping out fireworks spots. As we drove around town, we noticed no one was laying out blankets where we thought they would. Concerned, Peter called one of the nurses and found out they don't do fireworks here on the 4th! They shoot them off a week later for sailfest, a completely unrelated celebration. I was ready to pack up and move to a more patriotic state. No fireworks on the 4th?!? Well, we ran home and jumped online. Thanks to google, mapquest, and my iphone map feature, we were able to find fireworks in a town in Rhode Island, about 45 minutes away. Complete with lots of people, music, glow necklaces, and porta-potties. If it were only a little hotter (only in the mid 70's), it would have been the perfect spot.
As I sat down to write this post, they did light off some fireworks on our beach. Just a small neighborhood thing, a day late, but still I guess I will forgive Connecticut this once. I am still a little flabbergasted about no fireworks on the 4th, though.
Here is a snapshot of our hard to find fireworks show (with new patriotic clothes included):