July 4th Fun

The July 4th holiday is one I always look forward to. I love seeing fireworks, but only at a distance, and the meaning behind the holiday. Most people you see on the 4th are in a good mood and enjoying time with their friends, family, and loved ones. Unfortunately if I wasn't on modified bed rest I would have had to work this year and miss out on special family time. Brian did have to work during the evening, which also sucks. So we started our holiday a wee bit early. Luckily some of the cities around us start them early too.
On Thursday Avon Lake decided to set off fireworks. It works for me that means I can go see them. Due to being pregnant and not liking being to close to the fireworks it actually works out very nicely. There is an industrial road we park on, sit in the comfy car, relax, and watch the fireworks. It also means we can get out quicker and not stuck in to much traffic. While waiting for the fireworks to start we decided to have some fun taking pictures.

Ella enjoyed the fireworks and spent most of the time on Brian's lap since I don't have to much of a lap to sit on and you can't really lean against my belly without getting kicked and it hurting me. 

On Saturday morning we went to the July 4th parade in Lakewood. Brian dropped us off, Ella and I found a seat on the curb while Brian parked the car. 

Ella was a little brat and didn't want to take a family picture.
Once the parade started Ella was so excited to see all the different floats and get candy. She was so excited to see the school house float, (who knows why), and the fire truck. She keeps asking to go ride on a fire truck now. 

When the parade was getting close to the end we decided to walk into the park where the parade ends and there were police officers parked. In there the Police vehicle that Brian drives was sitting. Ella got to sit in the front seat and hear the scanner. She was so happy. 

Later that night since Brian had to go work the fireworks in Lakewood, Aubriella and I stayed home to watch fireworks on tv/the internet. Lakewood Park gets to crazy busy for my comfort of being 9 months pregnant, being in pre-term labor, and having a 3 year old to watch so we decided to stay home. Walt Disney World had announced they were live streaming their fireworks online for everyone to watch. Ella and I hooked up the laptop to the tv and live streamed the fireworks. They were amazing but a little disappointing they only lasted 15 minutes. We watched some other fireworks online off youtube after that to keep Ella occupied. 

Hope everyone had a Happy July 4th weekend.

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