Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fourth Festivities!

We usually go to my family reunion on the morning of the Fourth and then down to Mt. Pleasant later that afternoon, but this year we went down on Friday night so we could spend the whole day in Mt. Pleasant on the Fourth. We went to a delicious breakfast at the park in the morning and then the kids marched in the Kid Parade with a handcart. Emma was a little disappointed that it wasn't an actual float, but once she climbed inside and realized that she could still wave to onlookers she was okay with it. She didn't stop waving the entire parade route and she has got that princess wave down. It was so cute! Landon and Kjerstin pulled the handcart most of the way with all the little cousins in the cart. Then we watched the city parade and were so excited to see Chante on her float as Miss Mount Pleasant- she is such a fantastic girl! Later we went out to the park for games and then on to the cabin for dinner- yum! yum! I forgot my camera at the cabin so unfortunately I didn't get any pictures there, but it was beautiful and it was so nice to be up in the mountains! We finished off the night at Lori and Troys where we celebrated birthdays and did fireworks- fun stuff. We only had a few meltdowns by the end of the weekend because we packed so much in and the kids were exhausted. We had a great time though and were happy to spend the Fourth in Mt. Pleasant! It was a day that I wish I had you, Heather Pearce, with us taking pictures and capturing the images of a small town parade on the Fourth of July. I know she could have done much better than my feeble attempts, but you get the idea!

Landon and Kjerstin pulled these 6 little ones and you can see Emma with her arm up waving, waving, the whole time!

This is the whole group that marched in the parade. Richards mom wanted us to sing The Handcart Song from the childrens songbook, but we didn't . But FYI, Richards great-great Grandfather, John Daniel Thompson McAllister, wrote that song!

Kate was a cutie pie and was a very good girl considering the crazy lack of sleep!

Emma held baby cousin Conrad almost the entire parade. She didn't even want to pick up candy because she was too busy playing mommy and actually doing a darn good job!

Yay, Chante! We loved cheering for her and seeing her on her float!

Emma loves Chante so much!

Kate was soooo tired after the parade!

Chantes float was at her house after the parade and the little girls loved standing on it and pretending to be "royalty".


LMN said...

Hey pretty lady - so glad you guys had a great 4th!

But I hope you also had a VERY HAPPY 7th!! As in Happy Birthday girlie!

Thinking of you and sending you lots of love!!

Heather said...

Looks like a fun 4th of July. We really missed you though. Just think in a decade or so you'll be watching Emma on a float waving her hand again. Can't blame the girl for starting early! Love ya. Can't wait to see ya on the 24th1