Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The 2nd Annual Bike Parade

Happy Fourth of July! We found these silly hats in the dollar aisle at Target and they only wore them for about 5 minutes, but I'd say this is worth $2. They look so cute and patriotic.
We spent the morning preparing for the 2nd annual bike parade and picnic in our neighborhood. The kids were very excited to decorate their bikes this year! Mom actually remembered with a decent amount of time and got some decorations...not just the bottom of the barrel stuff nobody wanted last year! They did a pretty good job on the bikes!
Zach - Mr. Always Prepared for the Worst - was smart enough to attach the bike trailer to his bike and ride around the parade. As soon as we got to the starting line Lucy was scared by the decorated riding mower that lead the parade. Yes, decorated riding mower. She promptly went into the bike trailer and cried. Meanwhile, Mom was chasing Tyler, holding Lucy's bike, and trying to take pictures. I'm sure it was comical.

I kept telling Tyler that this was a PARADE, but he thought it was a RACE so when the bikes took off so did he. He wanted to win...and he kept asking me if he was winning. Doesn't it look like he's totally serious here? He actually did a great job, though, and completed the whole bike ride. Last year he ended up getting tired halfway through and finished the ride on Daddy's quad.

I'm kind of anal about getting family pictures...and you can tell how excited everyone else is by having to take this. But, oh well. How often do we all get dressed up in matching clothes, right?!

We really had a nice weekend with family and friends. It was a bit bittersweet since last year we had Grandpa Mike walking the bike parade with us and I missed having him with us this year. With each new memory we remember an old one...