i'm a little late to the party, but we had a great fourth. we always do. usually.
phillippe and i were married on july 6, 2002. who gets married around a holiday, i ask you.?
we were thinking how easy it would be for family and friends to travel our way with them not having to take off work on friday. or that it would be easy for them to get friday off...you know....totally thinking of others.
to be totally honest, that was really our thinking. along with phillippe's birthday is in june and mine is in august, so bam! one, two, three.
i always wanted to get married in the fall. and looking back on it, i wish we would have gotten married the fall before the july we got married. but whatever. it's always fun celebrating our anniversary around, if not the same time, as the fourth/jazz festival.
who wouldn't want sparklers all around them whilst celebrating their love for one another?!
every year we tell the children 'you know, this is the day daddy and i got married!'
and they say 'yeah. we know. you tell us that every year.'
i would never let my kids do that. cuz i'm a control freak with stuff like that and i fear their life. but it made my childhood more awesome for doing it. and it's one of my favorite memories around the fourth.
they're so lucky their daddy is the complete opposite.
growing up, we went to my gpa's farm for the fourth. they did a big fireworks show and we did sparklers and my grandpa would get lots of snakes and show us grandkids. i'm not sure if they were his favorite or he thought they were ours. but nonetheless, they will forever remind me of him. so each year on the fourth, i buy a lot of boxes and we do them for our kids. just like when i was little. and it always takes me back to standing in front of his garage on their stoop, watching him light them and getting excited.
one on the 4th in coralville and one on the 5th in iowa city.
they also have 'herkey on parade' where they have dozens of herkeys dressed up and painted tons of different ways. we love searching them out and of course, taking pictures of them.
so, here's what we found...without going out of the way. we missed so many that were pretty cool.
but these are all so awesome.
we're frugal, folks.
we happened upon the chemistry building. where i decided we should take a picture because 'we have so much chemistry'. but he didn't get the memo that we were taking that kind of said picture. so he just smiled and looked normal. and there you have it.
even when the weather is a bust, phillppe and i know that town so well we always have something up our sleeve.
just so much fun.