We usually try to avoid crowds at all costs, especially with young children in tow, but this year we decided to try another parade. It was a hard sell after a lack luster showing at the last parade we attended, but the kids were super stoked about the idea so we caved. It was magical for the kids, with all the loud music, floats, and loads of taffy. I thought for sure I would have at least one if not all in tears at one point of another, but they were excited and mesmerized by the whole crazy thing.
|our neighbors and their kids came with us and together these 5 had a most excellent time!|
Even E loved watching all the craziness with daddy in the wagon. All together a most enjoyable evening!
|so happy for good friends|
|Meg especially loved the princesses (city royalty), and the ponies.|
Our 4th of July was another great day. We started off the day with our neighborhood parade and pancake breakfast. Meg had her wave down, and Finn rode under his own power, which was a vast improvement from dragging him all the way down the parade route last year.
|daddy and his girls|
Roy left for Wyoming the next day for a job. That night he called to inform me that he had barely made it because the truck's transmission was shot. The next day he took it to a mechanic in the town he was working and and received the heavy estimate for the repair, $4200 for a new transmission and two days to fix. Blow to the gut! As Roy called to tell me this I looked outside to see this massive hail storm ripping through the neighborhood. It's funny sometimes how the weather can so well mirror our own emotions.
Our situation felt like a deluge of financial stress, and I felt utterly vulnerable and scared not knowing how this would all work out. But the truck had to be fixed and Roy needed to get home, so we scrounged together the last of our savings, and a credit card to make it all happen.
The next day I took the kids up to the canyon for a small hike because I needed to feel some amount of peace with a little perspective.
By the middle of the week E was teething and running a fever so she was pretty miserable and wanted to be held 24/7. Just so you know that's impossible to do with 2 other kids in the mix. So there was a lot of crying on her part...YAY!
Friday we still managed to go camping as we had it planned moths ago. It was nice to get out of our funk and be outside with our kids. It's still very stressful to camp with young kids, and Meg was especially difficult as she is always so busy and doesn't sit still for anything.