Cody's parents were with us the week of the 4th of July, and we were able to just "take it easy" on the 4th, which was perfect since it fell in the middle of the week. Cody's parents took us out for a nice big breakfast to fill our bellies before the big 4th of July parade in Fort Pierre. It really was quite a large parade - much different than parades I was used to growing up. Much more ag equipment, horses, tractors and big diesel trucks. Are the days of beautifully decorated floats gone?
I didn't get many photos from the day, and I didn't even dress my daughter up in red, white, and blue. Terrible. Shame.
It was a HOT, HUMID morning out...Grace and I found some refuge under a tiny 15 foot tall tree that offered a small amount of shade. Between sippin' on some leftover drink for Perkins, chasing butterflies (moths, really, it's fine to tell her they are butterflies for now right?), and playing with ladybugs the parade eventually started.
Oh, yes, a ladybug. Yay!
Grace's friend Sophi showed up near us - girls had a good time together.
After the parade we were invited for a 4th of July party with one at the parents house of one of Cody's friends who was back from New York. The guys had a great time catching up while Grace, Grandma Michele and I tried to make the most of the hot day by floating on rafts, taking a swim in the canal connected to the river, and eating snacks of course!
Silly that I only took this one photo from the festivities...but, we were having a good time!