Our tradition of attending the annual Fourth of July Parade in Sugar Creek, MO, continued this year . . . but MAN. . .it was a HOT one!!!
Umbrellas, sun screen and lots and lots of water were in order for sure!
As you can tell, I brought my patriotic beach umbrella this year and I was really glad I did as it provided a much bigger amount of shade.
The parade had tons of wonderful enteries and, as you can see. . .
the Grand Girl enjoyed waving at some of them.
This was the entry from Jacob Turk, who is running for the House of Representatives from the 5th District. He will have my vote again this year.
Grand Boy #1 enjoyed a lollipop while watching the parade.
He loves firetrucks. . . and this one in particular as it is owned and driven by a friend of ours.
The Grand Girl and Boy, along with their buddy, are becoming old pros at picking up candy thrown out by the various parade entries!
As I said, it was a real scorcher this year, so our son spent a lot of his time keeping Grand Boy #2 safely out of the sun. He slept through most of his first 4th of July parade. :)
Speaking of parade candy. . .our DIL (on the right) and her friend, were really happy to snag a box of DOTS!!
Following the parade, we head to a local park to have a wonderful picnic. Toasting the 4th with good friends has become a tradtion, too.
Following our meal, we were treated to a ride on the vintage firetruck!!
Our friend has made wooden steps so we can get on easier. . .much better than when we used to have to scale the sides!! He also has wooden benches for us to sit on!
The Grand Girl had a great spot!! Her dad, 3 year old brother and Nana were on a wooden bench in the back! :) Her Mom stayed back at the park with her baby brother this year, as did her grand dad.
Later, the owner of the truck was presented with a plaque and a little cash prize for winning 2nd place in the parade entries!!! Congrats!!!!
Because it was sooooo hot, we all left the picnic early this year. . .right after we got our annual group shot of everyone who attended the picnic. However, just before we gathered for that picture, I was holding a sleeping Grand Boy #2. . .and couldn't resist photographing his amazing little tootsies. He's 6 months old right now. Next July 4th, he will be toddling around . . .this year he was content to be passed around so others could cuddle and hug him or to let his big sister and brother push him around in his little umbrella stroller.