A few days before, I was reminded by a friend of the annual patriotic concert that another church in the area does every year. I thought it would be a great way for us to kick off a fun, patriotic week and decided to get our tickets to go on Sunday night. When David got back in town around midnight on Saturday night, I told him of my plans. He informed me that he had a deacon's meeting. Hmmm. I already had my hopes up and decided to brave it on my own with the kids!
I can't even remember what she was having such a great time about in this picture, but it captures HER pretty well I think! :)
We all got dressed in our red, white, and blue, and off we headed!
We sat on the second level of the balcony and as close to the stage as we could get. I lectured the kids for quite a bit about what kind of behavior was to be expected. I knew the first part of the concert would be very lively - with a parade, costumed characters, patriotric flag-waving songs. It was the second half of the program (remembering the fallen troops, etc) that I was concerned about! The kids did very well. Caleb got pretty squirmy by the end, but it was past his bedtime, and 1.5 hours is a long time to ask a 22 month old to sit through a concert! We loved seeing all the soldiers and it definitely was a great reminder for the kids of how much we have to be thankful for. The concert ended with INDOOR fireworks (which Caleb was NOT a fan of) - talk about going out with a bang! :)