Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Celebrating the 4th...

(Noah- 7yrs. old, Gavin- 2 yrs. old, and Taylor- 19 months old)

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For the 4th of July, we celebrated Independence Day by heading to the Hill Country and 
camping in our RV in Boerne.  The kids have such a blast when we go camping
--and well, of course mama and daddy enjoy it, too.  :-)

I tried to plan in advance and have us all dressed in patriotic colors…
I thought the pic of the kids turned out pretty cute…


We had originally planned on going to the parade in Fredericksburg, but the morning of--
we decided to go to the Comfort parade instead.  We went to this one 
last year and knew what to expect.  It doesn't draw as large crowds as Fredericksburg which
is a plus since the kids are so small and it can be a challenge keeping them all
corralled.  The parking is also so much easier  to navigate.
When the kids get older--we'll branch out and try the Fredericksburg
or Kerrville parades. 

Of course, it was super hot (it's always miserable hot this time in Texas)
but that didn't deter everyone from coming out to celebrate the 4th and cheering the parade on.

The kids really enjoyed watching the parade go by and seeing all the horses, pretty floats and 
classic cars.  The hubby loves classic cars--so he especially enjoys seeing the old-timey cars
drive by all shiny and pretty.   And Noah gets all excited when they throw him candy from the cars.

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About halfway through the parade, Taylor had grown tired of sitting in the stroller--so Daddy pulled her out. 

As I expected, she was ready to run around...

Which led to this....
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I was glad that Daddy wore is walking shoes because this little 
sassy mama was on a mission and determined to walk as far as she could. :-)

While he chased her around--I stayed with the boys and finished watching the parade.
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Tay-tay was NOT happy about the parade being over and... 
the fact that her Daddy was carrying her back to the car….
she wanted to walk all by herself. 

Boy hidey--she is such an independent little mama for just 19 months old…
she wants to do EVERYTHING on her own.   Whew-wee!! 

So her sweet Daddy compromised and let her walk half of the way…. 
which as you can see below---seemed to appease her.  :-)


After the parade, we went to grab a bite to eat for lunch…
and then drove on over to Fredericksburg to check it out.  We haven't been in years.
It's a big touristy town in the Hill Country, so we weren't surprised to find it  packed with tourists.
After driving around trying to find a parking place--we decided to not stay.
It was just way too crowded (which is a nightmare with little kids) and it was still too hot--
we decided to come back another time when it was less crowded.

On our way back to Boerne, Noah begged the entire drive back for us to stop
 and feed the ducks…so when we pulled into downtown Boerne---the hubby stopped
at the store to pick up a loaf of bread.  Then we drove to the downtown area near the bridge
and we all piled out to go feed the ducks.  

I'll share the sweet pics of the kids feeding the ducks in my next post...

When we got back to the RV later that afternoon--we were all hot and tired.
We put Tay-tay and Gavin down for a nap while Noah watched the Lego movie.
And, the hubby and I got in a little nap ourselves-- which was so nice. :-)
Sleeping in the RV with the A/C running in the background is always the best--
it definitely makes for some awesome naps. :-)

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We had a great time at the 4th of July parade in Comfort again this year and camping in our RV....

I just love small-town parades--they remind me of my hometown of Gilmer and all the fun
I had as a kid with my family and friends when we'd gather to watch the parades
in the fall at the annual Yamboree festival.

I'm so glad the hubby and I are now making the same special memories with our children.


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