The Rude family had such a great 4th! It has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the sense of family without the stresses that come along during the fall and winter holiday season.
This year we started out by going to Dunkin Donuts as a family of four (good idea, Jason!). I think this will be a new holiday tradition as it was a big hit with all of us! After donuts, we went to the Urbandale parade. It was great! Max was so happy to get candy and even left his post at the street’s edge to go sit on the blanket and enjoy some candy a couple of times.
We finished our 4th by heading out the church camp, eating, listening to the band play some patriotic songs, lighting sparklers, and of course watching the fireworks! Grandma Kay, Grandma Karen, and Grandpa Bob were able to join us! With Jason’s parents there as well, my kids were able to celebrate with two grandpas and three grandmas! What lucky ducks!
Gwenyth really enjoyed the band and clapped and clapped for them! She even tried to contribute by singing! Fireworks were overshadowed for Max by the sound of a distant train whistle. He was certain that Thomas was out there puffing along the tracks! 😉