This year for the 4th of July we were invited up to Pullman, Washington with the Barnett family! We love visiting this small town and it seemed the perfect way to commemorate small town America!
We started out the trip by enjoy a street market. There was a cute little area set up for kids.
There was a really cute toy store where Harper convinced us to get her a minnie mouse. She's never actually persuaded me to buy something I wasn't already planning on buying but its nice to let her think she has skills.
London was happy to just to watch the madness unfold
and guard her bubble from any intruders.
Danger lurked all around her.
There is also a pretty fun indoor playground in Washington. The cousins enjoyed chasing after each other.
Harper spent a good amount of time in the play kitchen.
On Sunday we spent time at home
And then went to take some family pictures. Grandma is helping London get in the mood. It didn't work. She screamed the WHOLE TIME! I was mortified and exhausted!
She just wanted to play on the ladder.
All of the grandkids. Jack Jack did a pretty good job of helping to keep London calm.
On the Fourth, we drove out to a REALLY REALLY small town for a parade. Maren and I had just come from the gym and I had a shirt on but it was a lot colder than we though and London literally took the shirt off my back!
Everyone eager for the parade to start
Small towns do not have to worry about being politically correct. Which makes some floats a little unorthodox and hilarious.
Everyone enjoyed the parade and I'd visit that small town again just to experience it.
After nap time we went to a local park that was hosting an Independence day event. Maren wasn't to thrilled to go and now I understand why, there wasn't much to do. The girls did enjoy the ambulance and firetrucks that you could explore.
The girls favorite event was really playing in the backyard. We hadn't really decided to get a swing set, but after this weekend we realized its a must have.
Good times on the Trampoline
Fireworks did not go as well as planned. Starting with the really loud, bright and high ones is not the wisest idea.
She kept trying to put it in her mouth... 18 month olds are exhausting.
She was happy to just sit and relax with grandpa though.
Brent finally coaxed Harper into holding a sparkler.
She wasn't convinced
By slowly the fireworks grew on her.
By the end of the night Harper and Braden were little fire bugs together.
Nothing is better than relaxing with grandpa and new baby Carly!
It is such fun to celebrate the holidays with the girls and discover how they react to these traditions!