I normally love love love the 4th of July. I'm a big kid at heart- fireworks make me smile. This 4th we didn't stay up to watch the fireworks because E and J were pooped out from spending all afternoon carousing around Riverfront Park. I did have a lot of fun hanging out with my kids, even if I didn't get to watch my precious fireworks.
Even H was in a relatively good mood. He was willing to smile (sort of) for a rare photo of us.
We didn't reach the Pavilion until 1:30. Turns out the day passes were only on sale for until 1:00 pm. So my m.i.l. bought one for each kid. E and J had a blast. They went excitedly from ride to ride. The adults (including my brother-in-law and his girlfriend) sat and people watched. There are some strange people in the world...
The line for the Octopus and the Ferris Wheel were quite long. H declared that the kids (ahem- HE) was not going to wait in those lines. So we decided to go peruse the booths along the walkways.
The booths were AMAZING!!!
Ok. I lied. There wasn't anything good going on. However, we did see a clown making lame balloon animals which cheered up the kids, I sucked down an over-priced strawberry lemonaid (4.00 for a 16 oz?! Rip-off) and my brother-in-law nabbed himself a rad American-flag gun balloon.
We parted ways with H's family and let the kids go on a few more rides and saw an IMAX movie,Born to be Wild. Very cute! We then hit up Cyrus O'Leary's for dinner. I'm pretty sure E and J had a lot of fun. J fell asleep in the car as soon as we left the parking lot.
Maybe next year the kids will manage to stay up for the fireworks!