This was the first ever 4th of July we’ve spent with Dennis’ family, and it was the best Independence day of my life! We are kind of sticks in the mud and usually don’t do a single thing for the holiday, not even a single firecracker or grilled piece of meat. So this was a nice change of pace. I’m thinking we’ll need to make this a tradition.
We got there Friday night and Grandma and Grandpa Miller had a surprise for Joshua, a Radio Flyer trike! It was in new condition, and Phyllis found it for only $1 at a garage sale. Joshua has been trying to play with the bikes in neighbor’s yards, and he’s is sooooo happy to have his very own trike now!
This is Joshua’s shy smile, he will look to the side and smile at you out of the corner of his eye. He did this while walking down the “runway,” along with running to and fro until Daddy reigned him in.
We went to the park on July 4th, where they were having a big celebration with a Baby Beauty contest, frog races, turtle races, bouncy houses, free hot dogs, swimming, etc. It was so hot we only stayed to do the Baby Beauty contest and the frog race, and Joshua bounced a little on the step going into a bouncy house, which was perfectly fine with him. Joshua didn’t place in the beauty contest, Dennis says because they didn’t have any “Grand Champion” ribbons, and his little frog didn’t win either, but of course neither bothered him. He was just having fun.
Auntie Joan introducing him to the frog he was entering into the race, courtesy of Uncle Richard catching it on their property.
There were horses all along the fence as we were leaving. Being obsessed with horses, Joshua kept pointing and making noises indicating he wanted to get closer. We stopped to watch a little girl bridling a horse and her Dad asked if Joshua wanted to sit on him. Oh yes, he did! I didn’t catch his smile, but he was so excited. First the bike, now the horse, all his lifelong dreams were coming true. lol
After his nap, Joshua cooled off in the redneck Miller swimming pool, the old sheep trough. Gotta love country living!
Jessie enjoyed the trough too.
Auntie Joan had gotten Joshua a flag tank top to match his cousins’ shirts so we had to get a photo of them together. She’s also responsible for her boys’ awesome socks. Would you just look at these handsome boys?
This photo was Grandma Phyllis’ brilliant idea, she wanted to get the “Biker Cousins” in a pic together. Is this too much, or is this too much?
We had the most amazing grilled burgers (my contribution was CW’s Strawberry Shortcake), but I didn’t get a picture of them. Instead, I give you Joshua, who swiped Grandpa’s corn cob off his plate. He loves corn on the cob!
Auntie Joan took him on a trip on his fire engine (another of Grandma’s garage sale finds).
And we got down to business, cracking poppers, doing smoke bombs and snakes. Joshua loved it all!
Cracking Poppers with Uncle Richard.
This is the “Pooping Dog” – a snake comes out his butt lol.
A friend showed up on his motorcycle and Grandpa took Joshua to check it out. This kid is even more obsessed with motorcycles (and trucks and anything that goes vroom) than horses. Here he is working on his James Dean look.
And I’ll close with the last picture I took, of Joshua and his Grandpa watching the motorcycle leave. <3
See you next week for another, hopefully much less photo heavy, Toddler Tuesday.