July 8, 2013

A Hello Kitty 4th of July

Hello my friends! This is so weird. The recent 4th of July holiday and weekend has made me feel like it was a million months or so since I've been here at the blog. Which is not true, but it seems that way. Actually, we spent the 4th weekend at a place without internet access, and THAT made it seem like I was gone for a very long time in a far-away place...a place outside of time (a.k.a my mom's house).

So here's what we did. Got my kiddo dressed in her Hello Kitty finest. Oh, people? Want to know if brainwashing works or not? IT WORKS. I've been pushing Hello Kitty on my poor unsuspecting child since she was a toddler, and she now loves HK almost as much as I do.

Then we went to a local parade, which appeared to have a theme of sorts this year. The same cars and floats tend to go by each July 4th, but there were also some new ones and I think the theme was called "Weird Stuff". I can't figure out why exactly there was a gorilla float, as well as a walking clam, a Godzilla on a building, and some kind of Scandinavian-looking troll type of figure.

This parade that we attend yearly, it's stupendously wacky. I think if you pay some kind of fee, you can just walk down the street or drive your car. There's a children's parade before the main parade, and Julia and two of her besties had fun knocking into other kids and throwing candy. Then we all sat down and watched the main parade and someone was throwing out FULL SIZE BOXES OF CRACKER JACK AND I TOTALLY ATE IT WITH JULIA AND I HAVEN'T HAD CRACKER JACK SINCE THE LATE 70'S and it was FABULOUS. Not stale. SO awesome!

After all the parade biz, it was a lot of waiting waiting waiting for it to get dark enough to light fireworks. I will tell you right now that I was foolish enough to actually go outside this year for fireworks (MISTAKE), as opposed to settling in last year's perch on my living room sofa with a book. What was I thinking? I was eaten alive by mosquitoes, and let's just say that my neighborhood got way too insane with the fireworks and after a firecracker whizzed over my head, missing it by inches, and landed on my front door mere seconds after a neighbor boy walked out after using our bathroom.....I decided that was enough. It was like a war zone. The kids loved it and the moms were near hysterics. I think next year we might have a talk with the neighborhood daddy dudes about firecracker lighting safety....

To sum up: Hello Kitty, trolls, Cracker Jack, and crazy fireworks. How was your 4th of July?

(Also, doesn't that last picture look very 'Harry Potter'-ish?? Looks like J is doing magic!)

8 comments:

  1. That parade looks awesome! I love Julia's little outfit! And reading your stealth brainwashing technique, I have hopes that my daughter will eventually like Strawberry Shortcakes, Pullips, etc :P

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    1. Start 'em when they're young! Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake and the whole kit and kaboodle!

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  2. What fabulous pictures. Adorable. So American. I loved it.

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    1. i'm still exhausted Juju! And itchy from my mosquito bites :)

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  3. I haven't been to a 4th of July parade in AGES. Not since my mother lived in Georgia when I was in college. And this parade looks amazing! I love the weird of it all! The weirder the better, I think. And I love little miss's Hello Kitty shirt, and the Cracker Jacks, and the fireworks! Just fabulous!!! xoxoxo

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    1. I remember not liking Cracker Jack all that much when I was young. Either they've improved the flavor or I just had a really great batch, but it was delicious I tell you!

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  4. This post is so beautiful--I love your pictures! Hooray for brainwashing and hello kitty!

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    1. I have to confess something. I actually prefer My Melody and Little Twin Stars. And Julia loves Cinnamoroll (post coming soon). But they all fall under the Hello Kitty umbrella, so it's all good!

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