“A hot 4th of July spent enjoying a parade where Austin performed in marching band, having dinner with family, swirling sparklers and ooing and ahhing at the local fireworks display. ”

While we were looking for the meeting spot for Austin’s band Ellie noticed the horses getting ready and asked to pet them. The first one she approached was Gina’s horse. Gina serves in the local mounted posse and is the daughter of my friend Nancy. It was Austin’s last time with the middle school marching band. He starts high school in the fall. We are looking forward to performances at the football games to cheer on both the boys. Brandon was also scheduled to march in this parade with the high school band but was still recovering from a nasty what we think was a spider bite to his shin.  He came to watch and was happy he wasn’t marching in the heat. I want to thank Byerly’s grocery store for generously handing out bottles of water just prior to the start of the parade. Jeff’s mom and dad and brother and sister-in-law joined us after the parade for a traditional cook out. Ellie got in a few sparklers before we went to the fireworks. We timed it just right getting there only 5 minutes early and amazingly we were blessed with a close parking space! The show seemed a bit shorter than past years, but with the tight economy it was understandable. It was still fun.