The day started with Jeremy running the Maple Hills 5K that they do every year... We went along to see him off.
While Jeremy was running, the kids and I headed to Target to get some last minute party supplies and food. We came home and quickly got ready for the next activity: the parade! Yes, the 4th of July Maple Hills parade. It's actually quite comical because there are more people in the parade than come to watch. Most of the neighborhood participates, but we have yet to give it a try. We're great spectators though! Sam did hop on one of our friend's "floats" for a while and had a good time. And, the kids get really excited to get candy that's thrown. After the parade our neighborhood hosts a hot dog lunch at the park. AND, to top it off, the neighborhood fire station brought a truck in to get everyone a little wet. The kids loved it!
After the parade, a quick change of clothes, and a little prep on the food, people started arriving and the wiffle ball game began over at the school just down the street. Us girls hung out a watched the game and kept an eye on the kids. We then headed back to the house and ate, ran through the sprinkler, played games, and started fireworks!
To end the evening we walked over to the park, where the neighborhood likes to gather and set off the BIG fireworks once it's dark. We didn't get there until around 10:00, so it was late and the kids were getting really tired. Collin ended up falling asleep in my arms, with my hands over his ears because it was really, really loud. He must have been really tired to fall asleep through everything. We eventually got headphones on him, which he wouldn't dare let us put on before, and he slept like a log. We ended the night with a BANG (literally) and had another great 4th of July!!!