We live in a small town.
It is 4 blocks by 5 blocks with a 1 block park in the middle
We walk to school.
We walk to the post office (no mail delivery)
We call kids home by standing on the porch & yelling their name.
We have a volunteer fire department.
And we do Independence Day BIG.
They huge walnut trees that line the road into town
For days leading up to 4th celebration
they line the trees with banners
Cheerful aren't they??
I LOVE em.
Our little cottage sits on a corner.
Every year that we've lived here (since 2003)
we've taken a family picture on 4th morning...
I love that tradition.
And I love that I get family pictures twice a year :)
Here we are.
Our family of 7....RED WHITE & BLUE
In the morning they have a 10K run, the runners start & run through the town & out to fields... Kids have a 1 mile run too.
Cheerful?! Yup, and Boy Scouts hand out water to the runners
(that's where my boy was in the morning)
The local veg growers give runners heads of lettuce & celery.
I know cheesy huh?
Fire Department Glory
A beauty isn't it?
Sweet Boy after race duty
Then we walked home & loaded him up for
Boy Scout camp....for a week. Wowzers.
Such a great kid. Love him & so proud of him
(he's 11...starting middle school)
Kenzie chasing Boston on his bike
we've started not needing the stroller
he is super happy to ride this instead!
The other thing I love is our parade. It goes about 4 blocks :)
Requirements are: nothing.
Show up before 11:50
It starts at 12:00
Have decorations, a bike, a scooter, a flag, whatever.
Everyone is included.
It is cheerful.
Kids love to throw candy.
Old cars, fire trucks, you name it.
Kenzie & her pals at the park waiting for parade to start.
The whole park gets decked out with picnic-ers & families & bbqs & booths for fundraisers. It's super fun. And so small town.
Pack 60. Cub Scouts. Darling.
And this Pack was first chartered by the Spreckels Volunteer Fire Company an 1934, making it one of the oldest continuously chartered Cub Scout Packs in the nation.
love the twins on left of photo..
MY girls waiting for treats thrown & waving at friends
My B. Always a cutie. Loving the candy part :}
wagons & unicycle included too!
Isn't it just a perfect backdrop for old cars?
Even a tractor!
Over heated. BUMmer.
But parade go-ers jump in to push it through the last block of the parade
Candy Loot swapping
"we made it fair mom"
that's all I wanta hear!
Our contribution to neighbors BBQ...Wagon of chilled
drinks, beer & cookies
Aren't these pinwheel cupcake toppers to die for! Love it.
Long after leaving all the festivities & resting at home
The girls ran outside to watch fireworks
(they are illegal so we don't buy em but of course the noise entices)
Look what I found when I followed because they'd been outside few minutes too long in the dark....
What cuties- they'd gotten folding chairs & their blankets
set them up in the street (in front of our car!)
and ohhh & Ahhh at what sparkled the night
Sparklers rounded out a great 4th!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA