Other than that one incident, it really was good. The littles played ball, played with bubble pipes, and danced and danced to the music that our city's school orchestras were playing. These pictures are of the bubble pipe fun--KC thinks he looks like Sherlock Holmes in his shot. As it got darker he traded his fedora for the LED fiber optic mohawk. I had to take the picture before it got dark as my camera flash is notoriously weak. Trust me, it was cool!
The fireworks were awesome too. We all cuddled on a blanket-the air now chilled down--and watched the amazing colors and shapes explode in the sky above us. When it was over, we were able to exit more easily than last year and walk to where I had parked our car about 1/4 of a mile away. We were not home till 10:15 or so though so it was a very long day for the littles, and even for Chet.
Today they slept till about 6:15 or so but that was about the extent of it. That is why now, they are cranky and fried! Most of the day was good though. We went out to breakfast at their favorite diner. Then we went to a park where they played on the equipment and we later took a hike. Then it was home so I could do some house chores that I had neglected during yesterdays marathon of fun.
Just before lunch we left for a puppet show. A small theater a couple towns over was created by an individual many years ago. Although the founder passed away recently, his apprentices have carried on the legacy and continue to offer marionnette puppet shows for children. It was VERY lightly attended--hopefully just because it was Fathers Day--but was wonderful. My kids loved it, and it was just the kind of quiet, low key happening that I needed for today. The marionettes were really beautiful and the kids all got to see them up close after the show. When we got home, our little next door neighbor came over and needed to play here and have some time with us as his younger brother needed some special care. Now it is time for early showers and beds for those wee ones as from about 3 p.m on the behavior train has been racing rapidly down the Mountain of Civility towards the Quagmire of Crankiness!