Fourth of July

When you live in a military town, you have great Fourth of July celebrations.  This year was no exception.  On the third, we attended a small parade in the next town over.  We usually do not get to go to that parade because it is usually on the Fourth and our town has a huge parade.  The boys had a great time at the parade especially when participants threw candy.  Later in the evening, we attended the annual block party.  We stayed only about an hour.  It was hot and loud there.  The boys were not happy that we did not stay longer because they did not have enough fun. 

On the Fourth, we went to church.  Our pastor decided to do a colonial litergy to celebrate the holiday.  One of the church members did an excellent rendition of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA during the service.  During the heat of the day, we attended our town’s huge parade.  My hubby had it easy because he sat in the shade while I stayed on the front lines to make sure the boys did not get themselves hurt while running after the candy.  We had to laugh because they did not want only candy.  They also wanted any piece of paper that was given by the participants of the parade.  The Wee One actually growled and got upset because the Stanley Steamer guys did not give him a doorhanger.  The person just laughed and handed him one.  When the hour and half parade ended, I was soaked from head to toe with sweat but it was worth it to see the joy in my boys’ faces.

We rested at home for a while and then headed out again.  The next stop was a relatives’ house for a cook-out.  Since it was so hot, she ended up grilling the food and then we ate in the house.  The boys had fun playing with another child.  When it was time to eat, they did not want to stop playing. 

We stayed there for about 2 hours and then headed home for a few minutes before heading out for one last time.  This time it was so we could see fireworks.  When we went past the high school (right by where the fireworks were going to be launched), we noticed a steady stream of cars heading there.  We decided we better get our rears over to there.  So my sister, the boys, and I headed home to pick up hubby and then headed over there.  We paid the dollar to park in the non premium parking lot and then just waited the hour for the fireworks.  The boys wanted to be read to during that hour so that made the time go by quickly.  The fireworks were beautiful.  After they were finished, we were able to get out of the parking lot rather quickly.

I will post pictures in a different post.

Menu Plan July 5

Last week, we didn’t have the crockpot Cantonese sweet and sour chicken.  When I looked at the fridge on Friday morning, I noticed we had lots of left-overs.  So I decided that Friday night was left-over night. 

It’s going to be a semi-busy week.  The boys have enjoyed attending various Vacation Bible Schools so I have signed them up for one.  It’s in the evenings so I can get things ready for the Imaginative One’s birthday, go grocery shopping without them, and clean the house.  They don’t have much going on during the mornings this week so the Imaginative One is looking forward to being able to sleep in most of the week.

Next Sunday is the Imaginative One’s seventh birthday!  I can’t believe he is going to be that old.  For his birthday, he has asked to watch Despicable Me and go out to Wendy’s for lunch.  We are going to celebrate with some friends from church that evening.  He’s also planning out his pirate cake.  When we get it finished, I will create a post about it.

Onto the menu for this week:

Breakfasts:

cereals, muffins, mini-pancakes

Lunches:

sandwiches (meat or peanut butter), left-overs

Dinners:

Roast chicken in crockpot, mashed potatoes, veggies, and easy rolls – Use the left-over chicken for the quesadillas.

Either Monterrey Chicken Quesadillas or Chicken Ranch Quesadillas for the grown-ups – Plain cheese ones for the children (The Wee One told me that we haven’t had quesidillas in a while so I’m putting it on the menu.)  This will probably be on Wednesday.  I’ve got to go pick up my mom from the airport so this will be a quick meal that I can bring with me if necessary.

Sloppy Joes on homemade hamburger buns, chips, oven fries, or potato chips, fresh veggies

Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken over rice

Egg Sandwiches, fresh fruit, hash brown

left-overs or forge for yourself

Dinner at in-laws (Sunday)

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Have a great week.