Friday, July 06, 2007

4th of July

This was Eliana's first 4th of July and she was decked out in red, white, and blue from head to toe. We gave her this little flag and she was cute as can be, waving it around like a miniature patriot.

We hiked up to Ousel Falls in Big Sky, where Ellie entertained us with her silliness. She waved and chatted and was all around adorable at the falls. She even took to playing peek-a-boo with hats for Poppy and trying to distract us so she could sneak off the picnic table. She makes us laugh and this day was no different.

We intended to eat a picnic dinner after the hike, but decided to eat before we left, since the fireworks didn't start until after 10:00. The hike and fireworks show were enough celebration, though, and it was just right, even without the picnic.

We watched the fireworks from the Meadow Pavilion in Big Sky. The show was slated to start at 10:15, with a blues band providing the entertainment leading up to the display. The fireworks didn't actually begin until 10:45, but once they did it was worth the wait. They were beautiful!

I really wasn't sure how Eliana would do with the fireworks. First, her bedtime is at 8:00 and this was VERY late for her to be up! Second, most small children I know are scared of the fireworks. Not Ellie, though. She started the event by bobbing happily with the music (that's right... my year old daughter dances to "Play That Funky Music, White Boy") and once the fireworks began she just laid in Mommom's lap in awe. She even said "OOooh" a few times. She loved it. When the finale was over, she looked at me and clapped. It was a great first 4th of July.

Leif took 450 pictures that day, so there are bound to be more to show you. But these give a pretty good overview of the day and how we celebrated it. Hope you had fun celebrating the 4th too!


Anonymous said...

sounds like a GREAT day and those are awesome photos of the fireworks (dave took some, too, but i haven't seen them yet)! i love that ellie is so easy-going and happy.... gives me hope that my little seven will be a similar easy child! - tam

Christina said...

Sounds fun!! Natali's first fireworks didn't go as well. :) They were quite startling to her. Ellie has such a cute outfit! You guys look great!

Jaime said...

The fireworks pictures are great! And, that's so sweet how much Ellie liked them. I would have thought one that little would have been scared, too. How cute that she had such a good time.

Your family picture is great, too!

Anonymous said...

(OH! i forgot to tell you, elizabeth, that i like your hair!!!) - tam