Monday, July 6, 2009

the 4th, well, the 3rd...

We celebrated our nation's independence on the 3rd of July this year. Ft Rucker, the home of Army Aviation, and our next town over, wanted their soldiers to actually have a weekend off--so they had the foresight to celebrate this holiday a day early. :) This had the effect of messing with mine and hubby's internal clock all weekend, but that is ok!

In school the past couple of weeks, I've been talking about Independence Day some with the kids. (Oh, we homeschool, and the kids and I sit on our couch about 2-3 times a week to learn new things.) They learned a little about the American Flag--to the point that little Monster hollers "AMERICAN FLAG, MOMMY!" every time he sees one. Which is ALOT with the whole holiday thing happening right now! :) They even had an impromptu lesson at the mall a couple of weeks ago, as they wanted to play in all the flags and swing on them, etc! So we talked about respecting the flag...

It was wonderful on the night of the 3rd, as the 98th Army Band struck up our National Anthem, to teach my daughter to put her hand over her heart, to listen, to not talk--you know, all the respectful things we are to do when our country's anthem is played. And there we were, with thousands of soldiers, families, veterans, and civilians--singing our national anthem, and teaching our children how to honor and respect and enjoy this gorgeous song! (And yes, the tears welled up in my eyes, as always when I hear our Anthem!)

Then we sat on the ground in the cooling night, and listened to the band play other songs. Bug was enthralled with the conductor's baton--so much so, that she has adopted her American Flag pole (where the flag part is, I have NO idea!) as HER conductor baton--and now leads the music coming from Monster's radio!

After about 40 minutes, we headed back to our car to watch the fireworks. It was about a 10 minute walk, and we weren't up to dealing with the mad rush to leave after the fireworks. So we parked just past where they were lighting the fireworks, and found a relatively red ant-free spot to put out our quilt in an empty field. There were cars lining the field, and people in and around the cars--but no one else was out in the field with us. And man, did they miss out! Honestly, if we had paid all the money in the world to have a fireworks display catered specifically to where we were lying in this field--we could not have had it better! The wind was just right, and our location was perfect--the fireworks exploded directly overhead. Some of them were coming down a bit lower than made me comfortable--and the ash was all over our car to prove it! But it was gorgeous! A night to remember! All four of us, lying on the quilt together, all cozy--sharing the wonderful evening together! :)

So that was our celebration of the 4th--on the 3rd. :) The real 4th was somewhat more subdued!

:) MonsterBug Blankets


TwoSeasideBabes said...

I think it's absolutely wonderful to teach your children at such a young age about celebrating the importance of the 4th. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it immensely!

Very Verdant said...

So glad the kiddos enjoyed themselves and ... you're doing a great job Mom!