Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, America

Dear Em,
What a blast we had celebrating the fourth of July this year. The holiday falls on a Wednesday, & it kinda bummed a lot of people out. We're making the best of it.

I'm taking the next two days off & your Daddy is taking Friday off. I'm so excited about the time off to enjoy our family & friends. We have lots of fun Rhode Island plans.

We haven't really talked to you about what Independence Day means, other than to tell you it's America's birthday. Recently, your daddy & I have been watching America: the Story of Us, a miniseries documenting the history of America. The miniseries depicts the fight for American Independence with details I had never learned before (you can watch it on Netflix now, it's pretty amazing, I definitely recommend). It really shows you what we're celebrating on the Fourth of July.

So far, our celebrations have mostly been about family, parades, & fireworks. Looking back on our last three Independence days, it's been such a fun holiday to celebrate with you.

In 2010 you were just six months old. We celebrated with Nonnie & Daddy's family with a neighborhood parade & a BBQ. After a super fun & super long day, we skipped out on the fireworks.

You were the cutest little 6 month old in the parade.

In 2011, you were one and a half & we got to celebrate with Nonnie, Papi, Aunt Gina, Uncle Greg, & Uncle Jared. We had a BBQ with corn hole, ladder ball, & trampoline jumping in the yard & then headed out to enjoy your first amazing fireworks in Wakefield, RI.

We're so glad you loved the fireworks!

This year we enjoyed the fireworks right off the ocean in Narragansett, RI on the 3rd with Nonnie. You really got into them this year, telling us what color each one was. Of course, the pink ones were your very favorite but you also enjoyed pointing out the blue ones (your daddy's favorite color) to Daddy. I loved hearing the crash of the waves as we watched the explosive colors. 

This morning, the rain stopped just in time for us to be in the neighborhood parade again. We ended the night with an amazing dinner cooked on the grill by Daddy & our very own sparkler & firework fun.

Waiting for the fireworks

Wishing everyone near & far a happy fourth of July. God bless America. I feel so fortunate to live here & be raising you in this beautiful country.

I love you so,

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