Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays - I love all the down-home celebrations: the barbeques and neighborhood parties, picnics in the sunshine, watching fireworks on blankets, etc . This is really the first year that Hank has been old enough to appreciate some of the patriotic traditions so I was really excited to spend the day together. We met up with Bob and Sue yesterday afternoon and went to the Tall Ship Festival in Tacoma. We walked along the marina and watched all the old pirate ships floating along the dock. On the way home, Aaron stopped at a reservation and made a small donation--we enjoyed a small firecracker display at home. I was paranoid that Hank would burn his little fingers, but he managed to light a few sparklers without incident and seemed to be pretty entertained by them. Finally, that night we went to a little fireworks display in our town. I think Hank was exhausted by then because he really wasn't all that impressed...after waiting two hours for the display to begin and finally watching about three fireworks Hank kept repeating "bye-bye, bye-bye." Oh well. I'm sure it won't be too many more years before Hank will be trying to blow up popcans with M80s and whatnot so I'll just enjoy his mellow attitude while it lasts.