We started the morning at EdVenture where we not only got to explore the children's museum but also to experience the new butterfly exhibit first hand.
Note: Do you like their matching outfits? I made those - yes, I really did - I've been taking a sewing class for about a year now - and actually am creating clothing that I'll let the kids wear in public!
It was so much fun to see all of those butterflies flying around us - and the kids delighted in seeing the delicate wings up close.
That night we dared ourselves and tempted fate by taking the kids to see the Torchlight Tattoo at nearby Fort Jackson. It was a late night (as in we didn't get home until almost 11pm with two tired and crabby kids) but it was lovely to sit together under the stars on a warm summer evening, eating popcorn, and watching the sky light up with fireworks.
The morning of the 4th we spent letting the kids sleep in (as much as they would) and then preparing for a picnic lunch! It's always so much fun to eat al fresco - and we all enjoyed our picnic at our favorite local park. It was deserted - so the kids had the run of the place to themselves.
Unfortunately this is when we started noticing the tiny bumps on Jack's hands and feet (that would later turn into angry red welts).
When we returned home (and after naps) Anna and James helped me decorate our flag cake. They had a ball, it turned out quite pretty, and was so yummy!
Shortly after that I left for the ER - so I missed the family dinner Deonne cooked (smoked ribs, corn on the cob and potato salad) as well as the family fireworks and sparklers - but I hear from two very reliable sources that they were fabulous.
All in all - a very happy celebration of our nation's birthday!