Happy Birthday America! We had a full agenda this 4th of July. We had never been to the Chappell Hill parade but have always heard great things about the small town annual event. We threw on our red, white and blue and found great seats on the curb at the end of the parade route. I don't mind being at the end of the route - less candy for the kids! After the parade we stayed at a party in Chappell Hill for lunch and ate some ribs and watermelon - a great 4th of July meal. The kids played hard on the outside tree house/swing set and were filthy in no time. After lunch the whining increased and tears were shed more easily which meant nap time. We stripped the kids down to underwear, panties and diaper and they were out in no time on the drive home. Once home, we put the kids down in their beds and I washed everything so that when they woke we could get dressed and do everything over again, except this time in Independence. This was the 2nd year for that parade and it was a lot of fun. This time we were at the very beginning of the parade route so we got LOTS of candy. The parade started at 4pm.... yes, the exact same time of day where the temp was 100 degrees. It was HOT, but the kids enjoyed the candy and we enjoyed seeing so many people we know. After the parade we hung around for the street dance and they had a few things for the kids to do. By 8pm we were worn out, so we loaded up and headed home. The kids got in their pool and cooled down/cleaned off since they were filthy again. Wes and I enjoyed sitting on the rocking chairs and watching them unwind from the busy day. God bless America!