At least with kids. And everything was great...until it wasn't. Isn't that how it always is with children? (Please say yes even if you don't agree)
We decided to forgo the crowds after Julie told us about an "unofficial" fireworks event at Winnemac Park. I googled it and sure enough, it was a thing. We left the house a bit before 8:30pm, found a parking spot and set up our blanket in the middle of three of the 4-5 ballfields. Turns out, each ballfield sends up competing fireworks so we ended up having fireworks "in the round" as it were. After our meltdown over exploding noises on Thursday (more on that in a bit), I came armed with earplugs for us all. We only had to wait for a few minutes before the first rounds of explosions and lights were sent up. The girls were a bit spooked at first but then really enjoyed the light show.
We were fine until about 9:30 when Kate decided she was done. She ended up melting down completely when, after several warnings that we would leave if she didn't stop the tantrum, I folded up our blanket and we headed home. Oh the drama that ensued! We were the family of four leaving the park in the middle of the show, one child craning her neck to see the lights and the other one shrieking at the top of her lungs about the injustice of, well, everything.
She is not my go-with-the-flow child.
(No pics from the evening as I wanted to just enjoy the night without worrying about taking and posting pictures. It was very freeing...I didn't even take my phone with me!)
So, about the earplugs. I took the girls to Wild West Town on Thursday after a recommendation from Alison. We had a blast! We got there close to when they opened and the park was not very busy. They have all kinds of rides/activities that are covered with the price of admission.
Here we are before the show.
Lucy on handbike from Lisa on Vimeo.
Kate on handbike from Lisa on Vimeo.
We had dinner plans with an old college friend of Len's so we headed out around 3 but before that we did two more rounds on the carousel
Kit, Keith and Len.