Waiting for the children's parade to start. They were as patient as possible. Someone threw a box of Nerd candies into the wagon onto Sommer's lap as we were walking the parade route. She chewed it open and was pretty excited when she found the candies inside. She enjoys being in the wagon more than a stroller. Next year I think we'll skip this part and just watch the parade. The boys were more excited about finding candy than looking at the crowd waving and cheering as we went by and Laine decided that she was done with her scooter halfway through and just left it in the road so I had to put it in the wagon.
The most exciting part of the parade for the boys -- a troop of Star Wars characters. These guys have the best costumes, they look like they are from the films. And the guy in the Vader suit was huge, perfect character.
My favorite part of the parade was Waconia HS marching band from Minnesota (link is to a youtube of the same routine that we saw today). They did such a fabulous job, lots of cool formations, great music. At one point 4 drummers lined up right in front of us, that was exciting. Sommer didn't know what to think of that. She clung to my arm and was doing that funny blink with every loud beat.
Instead of going to the fireworks we did our own in the yard, just those confetti poppers. The kids were happy enough.
Laine wasn't interested in doing the popping, she collected almost all the confetti streamers and called them her "friendlies."
I forgot about sunscreen so Sommer got sunburned, not a terrible one thankfully. She was wearing her sunhat but as you can see, it only covered her face to the bridge of her nose. She was already bathed but then she found a peppermint candy on the grass, still in the plastic and kind of crushed, but she got that out and happily made a sticky mess of herself.
We ended the evening with watching a movie on the lawn while eating popcorn and candy bars. We missed having Eric here. He is in California for a few days helping with the fixing-up of my grandma's old house. Kent and Nellie are going to live there after they get married and it still needs a lot of work so we loaned out Mr. Fixit for the weekend.
I have to share the best part of my day. After walking the children's parade route we still had to find somewhere to sit to see the regular parade. I prayed that I would be able to find a seat but then as we were walking up this big hill, I prayed in my heart that we would please find somewhere to sit and that someone would be nice to us. Well, after walking up a big hill and not finding any space to sit, we started back down the hill back to an open patch of sidewalk that I spotted earlier. It was only two squares of sidewalk and I was going to have the boys sit on the curb while I sat on the blanket behind them with the girls. There were two older women in lawn chairs on one side of the space and when she saw that I was making our way into the space beside her she moved over and then said, "I just live right here, how about a chair to sit on for you mom?" And she went into the house and brought out two low sitting lawn chairs. She was so kind. And get this, her daughter recently moved to Claremont.
"God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. . . So often, our acts of service consist of simple encouragement or of giving mundane help with mundane tasks, but what glorious consequences can flow from mundane acts and from small but deliberate deeds!"…President Spencer W. Kimball
God loves you. He knows you're there, just like he knew where I needed help today.