Friday, July 18, 2014

Maybe 3 is Still Too Little

Mr. Howard was supposed to work a night shift on the 4th of July. So the day before, we bought fireworks and went to my brother's house for some outside fun! In California, it is illegal to shoot anything into the air or have fireworks that move along the ground, but we had fun with all the other ones.

Connor, Aiden, Aunt Becca, Isabella, and my brother (way in the background):
Nova Pup also wanted in on the action. I was shocked that she wasn't afraid at all:
Aiden wore his batman mask with ears the whole time we were out there. I captioned this on instagram, "Even batman needs a break from crime-stopping for some fireworks!"
My brother and Isabella:
Isabella in her 4th of July dress:
I love this one:
We made acai bowls and had them for dessert at Aunt Becca and Uncle Colin's, so the kids were a complete mess. They had such a good time!
The next day on the 4th of July, Mr. Howard found out he didn't have to work late. So we were able to go to "real fireworks." I snapped this photo of the twins, because they always wait for each other to come in the house. Isabella kept saying, "hurry brother" before walking in with him:
This was the first time we all went as a family to fireworks! So much fun...and so much stress! Ha! (Of course we had to wear our matching July 4th shirts that Grandma made us!):

Mr. Howard and I had to laugh (or we'd cry) during the firework show, because it was basically like herding cattle and then just as we'd get our little baby cows all settled, we'd start the herding process again because one would escape and the others would follow suit. There is SOOO much I'm going to miss about their ages (like all the sweet cuddling and how they want to bring their stuffed animals everywhere with us!), but there are a few things I won't miss. The "I-don't-understand-that-if-I'm-not-in-my-parents'-line-of-sight, I-might-get-kidnapped-or-lost phase will NOT be missed. Seriously.
They did manage to stay still long enough for a couple photos! Mr. Howard and I each took one or two kids on our lap during the actual fireworks and just held them there (much to the dismay of whichever screaming child wanted NOT to be confined) and that was a little stressful, but it was dark and there were a lot of people, and they kept wanting to run around. Maybe 3-years-old was too little for a big firework show. 
 And then, of course, what 4th of July post would be complete without a photo of the kids in their matching shirts. My mother-in-law made us all shirts to wear last year.
 Connor made both of these crafts in preschool (a handprint flag and a 4th of July hat!). He requested that I take this photo:

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