Luke’s First 4th of July
Luke started the day off happy as can be. He’s definitely a morning person and always wakes up in a good mood. I wish I could say the same about myself! So he and I are up eating waffles and pancakes for breakfast and I told him, “Today we get to shoot off fireworks!”
“Fireworks? Fireworks, right there,” he grinned, and pointed to the family pack we’ve had propped up near the back door the past couple days. With all the American Flags (he’s a big flag fan) and the colorful packaging, Luke has been very interested in them. But until yesterday, he didn’t really know what a firework did.
The fireworks store I did remotes at this year, had a cool little kid sized backpack full of all the traditional kid themed fireworks. Tanks, chickens, cars, etc. He thought it was awesome. Riiiight up to the point we started lighting fuses. I knew he probably wouldn’t like the big fireworks, but I thought he’d love some of the little cars and trains and such. Nope. Not at all. He was pretty much ready for it to be over as soon as it began.
After the first tank went off, he’d really had enough. I guess I forgot that the tanks pop out full fledged, loud, banging, firecrakers. Too loud for little ears.
So we took a nice long break. Luke got himself a well earned nap. And when he got up, the sun was getting lower. Other people in the neighborhood were starting to light their own fireworks. Funnily enough, Luke started to say “Watch fireworks? Watch fireworks?” So we figured we’d give it another shot. We pretty much just left the back patio door open, and he could come in and out as he felt comfortable. And we used some ear muffs we’d gotten for him to use at the race track.
This worked out a lot better. He still kept a cool weary distance from where we were lighting them down on the patio. But at least no crying. And once they were cooled off, Luke really had fun playing with them as toys. So he at least finally got a little enjoyment out of the holiday.
We all stayed out until about 9:00pm having fun, then figured we would try to put Luke to bed. It was going to be interesting on how he’d sleep, given that it sounded like a warzone all around us. Remarkably, other than not paying much attention to his bedtime story, our bedtime routine was fairly normal, and he laid down in his bed without a peep, and we didn’t hear from him the rest of the night. We kept the baby monitor on outside and Andrea and I decided to start pulling out some big stuff!
And with that, the night was over. Wrapped up around 11:30pm. Had a lot of fun. Been 2 years since we got to have one around here. And we had an ample supply to shoot off, fun with the family, it was just a really great day!