It was 4th of July week and it started out with temperatures climbing into the 90’s. So that meant cooling off at West Bennet Park.
The beautiful thing about Oregon summers is that its gets hot, but it doesn’t stay hot all day. A breeze and cooler temperatures come in the evening. So the oldest and I drove to Keizer where we biked along one of the few bike paths (we really need more!) in our town. It’s a small 3-4 mile stretch that goes along the Salem Parkway, but you don’t have to deal with traffic and many intersections. I love it that we can now bike together.
Yesterday was the 4th of July–one of my favorite holidays. For the past three years we have gone to the Independence-Monmouth Parade. We sat closer to Independence like last year. Thankfully this year they did not run out of candy until they got to us.
Our original plan was to go to our friend’s house after the parade and spend the rest of the afternoon and early evening there. They always put on a fabulous 4th of July celebration. Due to some unfortunate sickness, they had to cancel. We had friends come to us last minute and we set up the slip and slide. We had a nice outdoor dinner with them. Then just our family headed downtown for the fireworks–the first ever 4th of July we all went to a fireworks show as a family. I had not been to a fireworks show since 2006! This is a picture of everyone standing for the National Anthem.
The kids did fine with the change of plans and all in all had a great 4th of July.
Next week is supposed to be HOT again. We don’t have as much planned, but I am sure we will find plenty to do to keep us busy.