Happy Birthday…

9 07 2008

…America! (a few days late!!)

We had a great July 4th weekend. My parents were in town to help celebrate Hayley’s 5th birthday and we got together with friends to watch the 61st Annual July 4th Catonsville Parade.

This was our first time at the parade and it was quite an experience. We were warned that chairs had been placed along the parade route a week in advance!!!! but we knew we’d still have a great time even if we didn’t get front row seating.

It turned out we had a great view….thanks to Tom and Lisa who had brought blankets out to the route earlier that day and saved a great spot on a hill in the shade. You guys ROCK, thanks!

The weather was suspect all day long, but as it turned out, the sun came out during the parade and the downpour of rain came after we had walked (& walked 😉 )back to the car. More great timing of good weather.

Here are some of the images from the parade…

Lexi running to catch up to everyone…
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Hayley enjoying the sights (and the parade hadn’t even started yet!)…
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The fire trucks and police cars (and sirens 😛 ) start off the parade. The firefighters had some great water guns to help cool off the crowd…
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Lexi managed to watch part of the parade. Our spot was near a school with a great play area, so she and daddy spent a lot of time there too…
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I loved seeing these former service people. THANK YOU to all of the service people who have served this country and for those who continue doing so.  I appreciate your time and service; you’ve allowed us the freedoms that we so greatly enjoy!

Here is Col. Ida Deverse, who served as a nurse and Mr. Walt Robertson…
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

And here are D-Day Veterans Mr. Samuel Krauss and Mr. Lester Lease…
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THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

Here come the clowns…
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These clowns are fantastic. They are the BUOMI clowns. Their purpose is to provide clowns for fun and entertainment, while helping to raise donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children. From personal experience, I know they do good work. They’ve helped my cousin’s daughter in Wyoming and they are really appreciated.

Happy Freedom everyone! Enjoy this great country and everything it has to offer.
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