I know I’ve said it before, but I simply cannot believe that my baby is already on her second round of holidays. It’s very sad, but I will admit, as much as I miss my little baby, I love this stage that Olivia is in now. She repeats everything, she does things on her own, and learns something new every day. It’s an amazing thing to watch.
We decided to take Olivia to the Navy Pier fireworks last week to see how she would handle fireworks this year, because last year she was not as alert, and basically slept through them…
Speaking of last year, let’s start with a few throwback pictures, these are always fun:
I’m not gonna cry….I’m not gonna cry….
Anyway, for the past 3 years, Dominic and I have a little tradition where we spend the 4th of July on top of a parking garage, with a Giordano’s pizza in tow. The first year it was just the two of us, and the last two years we’ve spent with our baby girl and Dominic’s parents! As much as I love the loudness of the fireworks, I love the colors and designs more, so this spot is perfect for me. When you’re sitting up there, you literally get to see fireworks from all over. Everywhere you turn, there are fireworks going off and it is really such a perfect sight.
I had asked Dominic a few weeks ago to take off the 4th, because it’s one of my favorite holidays and I like to spend it with him :) Our 4th of July was jam packed with family and friends, and I really would not have had it any other way.
We started off the morning running around the house screaming about how much we love the 4th. Proof:
And then we met up for breakfast at a little diner with my dad and sister.
After we spent a few hours with them, we stopped by my grandparent’s house to say hello.
And then we went to my girlfriend, Carly’s, house, where Olivia swam and ran around the yard naked and free as a bird. I mean, we were celebrating freedom, after all ;)
We stayed at Carly’s house for about an hour and a half, talking, laughing, just hanging out, and then we drove over to Dominic’s parent’s house, where his whole family was. They blew off fireworks, there was food, fruit, and the ice cream truck even made an appearance!
After we realized it was already 7pm, we headed over to the parking garage. Sadly, we opted to NOT get pizza this year because we are getting married, after all, and delicious, deep-dish, cheesy, mushroomy pizza just isn’t in our diet :(
There are not many people that know about the spot at the top of the parking garage, and I do worry about what’s going to happen when every one figures it out, but for now, we got to enjoy basically the entire top to ourselves for a few hours, before a couple families drove up and joined us in watching the magic.
It really is so magical. I love fireworks.
We had sparklers, and even a few sparkler-cones and Olivia just sat and stared in amazement.
Once it got dark out, there were a few people that were in the surrounding alleys, blowing off fireworks. Because they are so much closer, they were SO much louder, and Olivia didn’t like that too much. She didn’t cry, but she did want to be held and every time one went off, she’d jump out of her skin a little. Our poor baby. Shortly after, she fell asleep.
After about two hours, we packed up our cars and went back to Dominic’s parent’s house, where him and his dad blew off fireworks. It really must be a guy thing because I love to watch fireworks, but I just don’t understand the point in spending so much money on illegal objects that make so much racket. Boys will be boys, I suppose :)
And I did get a few pretty shots out of it:
And a few Vine’s from that day:
We finally left to go back home, where we all took showers and passed out.
It was such a perfect day for one of my favorite holidays :)