Next 4th of July, instead of going to a parade (and elbowing insane parade goers who have staked their spots 2 days in advance because they are...well...crazy, and getting a particularly unflattering and painful sunburn on your neck, and screaming - like WT - at your child because he just about got run over by horse and carriage...) go do this instead.
and thank your Father in Heaven for friends
and even though you really love being the one who is planning the parties and cooking the food...remember to leave the 4th of July BBQ-ing to Bryan. Because he is officially the king.
And instead of going to a crowded rodeo (and finding out that none of you can sit together because the bleachers are too full because you live in a city and not a wonderful little rural town with a population of around 800...) Sit on the lawn and talk to your parents and watch the kids do this:
and be sure to help make a few family memories while you're at it:
And be sure to oooh and ahh as
while you watch your kid (and all of his friends) play with these: