Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July 4th 2012

As the mountains around Alpine burned, we tried to make the best of it by continuing with our original plans of camping out at my parents' house for two nights. The kids were determined to not miss one single July 4th activity. Tuesday evening was an event all itself which I will blog about later.

The morning of the 4th we woke early in order to attend the traditional patriotic breakfast held in my parents' neighborhood.  The breakfast has been a July 4th tradition ever since I was a child - and back in the day it involved a truck driving around at 6:30 am with a neighborhood band (a "band" in the loosest sense of the word) sitting in the back playing patriotic music to wake everyone up for the breakfast.  My dad always played the trumpet and wore a teeny tiny boater hat (like those worn by barbershop quartets) that he duct taped to the top of his bald head.  It was a funny sight.  I played the flute, bass drum and triangle in that band.  I think the band only "disbanded" a couple of years ago.

After the breakfast - we were off to the parade.

Then it was off to the family reunion/picnic in the park where we were treated to Mom's famous potato salad (which Dad now makes) - the best in the land.

And then, of course, it was time for the traditional relay games planned by the now-revered Brad and Heather and their kids.

The good old spoon and potato relay never gets old!
Something about white shirts and blue striped skirts.  If only I had those cute orange sandals to match!!  
Love these two!
And more cousins!
The games always end with a water bag toss - which always ends in a water fight.

if you are really hot...
you can just do this!
The grand finale of the picnic is one big long family candy bar game.  

We were exhausted after the picnic but the day was far from over!  We headed to Kip's for some afternoon swimming and then ate at PF Changs for dinner.  We spent the evening waiting patiently for the fireworks until 10:30 pm - we watched the show!!!  

Another wonderful July 4th holiday!

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