I've decided the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I'm pretty sure our awesome neighborhood has something to do with it.
The 10th annual Stratford 4th of July parade. Each year more and more neighbors come out, deck out, and wave flags. But it's got this great small town feel that makes it so fun.
We spent the night prior decking out Tate's bike. It's still decorated:)
We sat on the side, threw bit-o-honey's to the paraders, and marveled at how many people came out this year.
We had horses...
We had beauty queens...
We had tutu'd dogs...
And of course, pants & skirts made from duck tape!
The 4th of July parade alone should make you want to move (or stay!) in this neighborhood. It's the best!
It doesn't end there, because at the end of the parade there is a street carnival for kids. Snow cones, ring toss, face painting, music and catching up. I was thrilled to see my favorite neighborhood girls running the snow cone stand like champs:)
And after all is done, ride around the corner and we're home.
Snow cones for breakfast weren't enough for us, so we headed up to my favorite Salt Lake City breakfast eatery, Ruth's, with my family. Soooo well worth the wait. We dined on the patio, perfect temperature, live band, and cinnamon pecan french toast. Perfection.
I filled up my afternoon by visiting this darling little boy. This might be my favorite picture yet. Those lips! Ahhh, can you stand it?! I need him home so we can make out all day.
Fireworks later that night at the Country Club with the Horsley's. Too loud for Tate I guess.
And please reassure me that we aren't the worst parents ever and you've taken your newborn to fireworks too? I think he can still hear.
Topped the night off (whew!!) with sparklers, and pina colada's at our house. In bed past midnight for us all... but one of the best 4th's we've ever had.