We decorated our bikes on Tuesday night and then rode our bikes to our church's pancake breakfast that morning. It was a fabulous morning bike ride:
I knew we wouldn't have time to ride our bikes back home and then go to our next stop, the parade, so Ben drove the car over to the church on Tuesday night and rode his bike home. So we locked our bikes up at church and got in the car and headed to Ouray for the parade and other festivities.
After the parade we went to the town's park for more games and playing at the park:
After playing at the park and walking to the pond where huge fish live and turtles bask on the rocks, we were on to our next activity: hiking. So we walked back to our, ate our sack lunches in the car, then headed to the trailhead.
Unfortunately we had to end the hike right about here. It was raining pretty good (it's been a drought for so long, so of course of all days it would rain on the 4th! i'm so not complaining, though. . .we need every bit of it). The thunder was impressive. I hadn't seen lightning, but it was just cold. No-body-fat Emmy and Jonas were already freezing after a few minutes of the rain. We weren't prepared for the rain and thought it best if we headed back to the car. To say Miles was upset would be an understatement. He was so upset and mad. We understood, yet were still frustrated with him as he wouldn't even listen to us. He did exclaim, "I haven't had any fun days in such a long time!" Woe was Miles.
Then we drove home. We had to stop by the church to load our bikes on the car. Jonas and Emmy wanted to ride back home and so I gladly agreed and went with them.
We ended the holiday with a movie for the kids, a typical July 4th dinner (untypical for us) of hot dogs, corn, and beans. We also had a lovely flag-decorated (with blueberries and strawberries) cake. This cake to be exact. I love this cake - and it's even low-fat. :)
A pretty great fourth. And, yes, there was even some singing in the car of patriotic songs by Ben and myself. My poor kids. . .(because of my voice, not Ben's!).
I am proud to be an American.