4th of July

It's been awhile since I blogged.  With my kids wrapping up their school year, then summer beginning, I completely lost track of time!

We've had a busy summer so far with swim lessons, pool fun, playing with friends, and trying to keep cool in our 100 degree heat!  But I haven't done any permanent damage to the kids (that I know of) and everyone seems to be having fun.

Happy belated 4th of July!

We celebrated our Independence Day on Monday with a few festivities.  We watched the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Round Rock.  It was the first year we brought the kids, and they loved it!  We started off a little rocky since we got there about 45 minutes early to get a good spot.  Patience is not a strong virtue when it comes to my children.  But we finally made it to the start of the parade, and I was told it was worth the wait.  Shocking! (yes I know said with all kinds of dripping sarcasm)

There were tons of floats and most of them threw candy which is always a win when it comes to children.  All 4 got into it!  We saw a few small bands and lots of red, white, and blue.

At the end of the day, I brought Jackson and Cullen over to parent's house to watch the City of Round Rock's fireworks.  A bonus was they're neighbors bought and shot off a few fireworks of their own.  It was legit since they don't live the city limits.  The boys also had fun playing with a couple of sparklers.  Lots of neighbors setting off fireworks.  Cullen and Jackson loved it!

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July!  And a big THANK YOU to all of our soldiers (both here on US soil and those deployed) for continuing to fight for our freedom!

The crew right after we got to the parade site.

Sunscreen application!

Cullen got tired of waiting for the parade to start.

More people out to see the parade. This was before it got really crowded.

The start of the parade!

Color Guard

Round Rock Fire Department's Pipes and Drums Band

What's a parade without the Light Saber Academy showing up?!

Austin's Roller Girls!

Our solider carrying our flags.

The gorgeous sunset I mentioned.

Boys and their toys! Or fireworks in this case.

Jackson watching the fireworks.

Cullen watching the fireworks.

Cullen and his first sparkler!

Cullen's Birthday

Cullen had a birthday!  I can't believe he's 5 years old (which he will tell you without hesitation).  He's growing up so fast!  Cullen is my sweet, mischievous one.  He seems to always be thinking of others (siblings included).  He loves to help me bake and cook.  And I'm even nice enough to share the batter with him now.

On all my kids' birthdays, I attempt (attempt being the key word!) to photograph a Day in the Life.  This way as they get older, they an always look back and see how they spent each birthday.  This year's day in the life for Cullen was a little hectic, but I did my best.  I didn't capture everything (aka Tae Kwon Do class), but I did manage to get all the important stuff.

Cullen told me exactly how old he was (with both hands) when he woke up at 6am!

Cullen and Jackson showing how old they are together.

Cullen helping me back chocolate chip muffins (as per his request).

I always put one candle in their breakfasts to start their birthday with a little something special.

Scootering around on the driveway.

More scooter.

Lunch time with his request of chicken nuggets (his favorite).

Blowing out his 5 candle on his cupcake.