And Ashton knows how to do up the forth of July just perfectly.
We've been coming here for the 4th for most of our married life. I've spend the 4th in DC and in Boston where the fireworks and activities combined with the historical significance of the place makes for some pretty amazing 4th of July celebrations. But I think Ashton takes the cake for a perfect 4th of July.
The parade here is awesome. Anyone and everyone can be in it. You just go line up with your truck, four-wheeler, bike, tractor, float or whatever you've got handy and join right in. You can decorate your vehicle but really, all that matters is that you've got a lot of candy to throw out. My kids and whatever cousins are always in the parade. Sometimes they've done a semi-elaborate float but mostly they just decorate a pick-up truck and ride in the back of that. Those watching the parade get pretty impressive amounts of candy thrown at them (Oliver collected a full grocery bag-full today) plus people walk along the streets passing out free chocolate milk and ice cream sandwiches (these have become a staple). This year they also threw out t-shirts, water bottles, and the local "Frost Top" hamburger joint passed out nice glass mugs from their float. Sometimes they pass out bags of potatoes. You never know what you're going to get. But it's always a surprising amount of free stuff - and free is always exciting.
|The kids worked so hard coloring the banners to go on the truck for the parade|
|Ready to set out in the parade|
|Oliver opted not to ride in the parade - he thought collecting candy was a far more exciting option|
|The beloved old merry-go-round|
|Oliver won the gunny sack race|
|the band was quite impressive|
|The foam sprayed from the fire truck was super fun - lots of foam-throwing wars!|
Then when we've had our fun at the park, we head out to the little Loosli cabin by the lake and play in the water, play volleyball, chat on the deck, read, relax and have a big BBQ with not only all the immediate Loosli family who are about to come up for the 4th but also dozens of extra extended relatives and friends. It's always a serious party. The only problem with the cabin is that there are crazy-mean mosquitos out there who are somewhat repellant-resistant - and somehow Silas seems to have super-sweet blood. Poor guy, he got like 50 mosquito bites as soon as the sun started to dip and those blood-suckers came out.
And when everyone is done at the cabin, we come back to the house and the men of the family put on a very impressive fireworks show in the backyard.
So even though Jared's in DC, the kids and I couldn't imagine the 4th of July anywhere but Ashton. We miss Jared but we're so happy he and Ashton are having a great time and that we get to be here in this place we love with so many people that we love!
|Time with cousins is always a big huge hit - and the trampoline is non-stop fun|
|It's so pretty here! Those are the Tetons in the distance.|