Saturday, July 4, 2009
Our day started off this morning with me scurrying to get the boys ready and then hopping my car to drive the two blocks to church for a flag raising ceremony and pancake breakfast. About half-way to church, Lily jumps in my lap and I nearly crashed into another car I was so surprised. Apparently the kids had sneaked her into the van while I was loading their scooters into the back. So, I dropped off the boys and had a friend watch them and then had to drive the dog back home.
I made it to the flag raising ceremony just in time.
I stood by the foyer doors with one door cracked to keep me cool while we said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang The Star Spangled Banner with our right hands covering our hearts. I felt so blessed to be an American and I felt such relief from the sweltering hot weather which had nearly climbed to 85 degrees Fahrenheit at 8:30 in the morning.
If you ever want to know what a woman going through menopause feels, just come to Texas in the summertime: inside you're having cold flashes and outside you're having hot flashes. I'm just sayin'.
After the flag raising ceremony we then went inside to the cultural hall and had our traditional pancake breakfast. There were chocolate chip pancakes and regular pancakes and tons of fresh, ice-cold watermelon.
My youngest wanted one of these and I told him he could have one, but by the time I remembered all the muffins were gone. I am such a bad mommy.
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. Ideally, I would love to spend a day at the lake with my husband and kids, but since my husband has to help out with the festivities in a neighboring town, I don't have much of a choice except go where I am the most comfortable taking all three kids. Glad we chose to go to the church as the kids had a fun time decorating their scooters and riding them in the parade the Primary put together. Besides, I had fun throwing water balloons at my kids. What more could I ask for?
After the water balloon fight, we then went inside for relay races. Somehow I ended up with the whiffleball and spoons. I guess they couldn't figure out who was supposed to have them, so they gave them to me. You know, the inactive Mormon.
I really didn't know very many people there, but thankfully most of them knew my kids and kept them entertained. Then when I didn't think anyone was watching, I grabbed the kids and their scooters and left--it was time for the Flower Mound festivities, some lemonade, hotdogs, and a little fun in the park. I think it was also 100 degrees Fahrenheit and so we said hello to Daddy and left.
Tonight we plan on watching the fireworks--our favorite family tradition for Independence day.
Happy Independence Day!