Friday, July 24, 2009

Fourth of July

We roadtripped from Michigan to Chicago to spend a retro 4th of July. (When I was growing up, we would spend the entire month of July at my grandparents' house in Chicago, so we always spent the 4th there, going to the town parade, fireworks, etc.) Emma and her cousins had as much fun as we used to have!

We started the day with the town parade. At the beginning of the parade, the town lets anyone who wants to march (particularly kids on decorated bikes and dogs). Emma saw the crowd and wanted to jump right in, so Grandpa accompanied her.

Returning from their brush with fame.

Emma, bag in hand, waiting to collect loot thrown from the parade floats.

Enjoying her spoils.

Cousin Jordan enjoying a different kind of treat.

Baby Maddie was not at all impressed with the parade. (Notice how she is all bundled up--I don't think it was even 70 degrees out!)

After the parade, we enjoy a little fun in Mumma and Poppa's backyard.

Chase plays ball with Poppa.

Kallee and Jordan

Aunt Brittany always texting, ever texting.

The 4th of July is also Grandpa's birthday! (Though technically he was born in Canada :). Here he celebrates with all of his grandchildren, minue Madeline, who is probably sleeping.

Emma dancing and entertaining us before the fireworks begin.

Uncle Tyler is always good for a laugh.

Aunt Brittany and Madeline, who was awake before the show but fell asleep when all the ruckus started.

Emma, who has slept through many a Texas thunderstorm, turns out not to be a fan of fireworks.

Thank you Mumma and Poppa for hosting us, and to Grandma and Grandpa for driving us around!


Shelly said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I wish our parade let the kids walk.

Jenny said...

What a fun trip!

mistieleigh said...

Hey - how fun! I love stuff like that. It looks like Emma had a blast.

Rhonda said...

I am a little late in the commenting...but rest assured that the person Britt is most likely texting with would be Sus...the girl had about 9000 for July and over half were to Britt.

Looks like such a fun 4th. I never noticed until now just how much Simon and Peter look alike. More so as they age.