On the 3rd, after swimming lessons and a nap for the girls, we packed up and headed to Albert Lea for some fun with Dave's parents. It's become a tradition to go to the Albert Lea pool before the big parade at night, and this year, it felt great with the 100+ heat index! The pool was busy, and Abby had fun in both the kiddie pool area and the part of the big pool that she could touch in. Norah enjoyed kicking her legs in the shallow area with Grandma--she's definitely a water girl! After supper, we went to the 4th of July parade--luckily Dave's mom had set up her chairs in some shade, so with the breeze, it wasn't too bad. Abby and Norah both enjoyed getting flags to wave (or eat, in Norah's case).
After the parade, we stopped to pick up Sadie, and were on our way back home. We stopped at our friends' house for a little bit, then they all came up to watch the fireworks at our place. This year, they were shooting them off right by our house--it was great to have a front row view! The heat and mosquitoes made it a little less enjoyable, but they were fun to watch!
With all of the excitement on the 3rd, the 4th was a little more low-key. Dave worked, so the girls and I relaxed and went to a parade in a nearby little town with some other friends. We cooled off in our kiddie pool, and put the girls to bed early. We could see fireworks in the town a few miles away from our windows, so enjoyed the air conditioning and bug-free view!