Hello everyone! So today is a special day!! It’s America’s birthday! I am a big birthday celebrator and love to make a big deal of it to everyone that I love dearly! (It’s your special day, why not go big!). So for me celebrating USA’s birthday is no different! It’s a time that my family gets together and have cookouts and/or we may end up going to the beach! Wherever we spend it, I know that this day holds a special place in my heart!
As I stated before, I was born in Peru. I am proud to be a Peruvian and love the culture and the food! (It’s probably the best food you will ever eat in your life, no joke!). But I consider myself as an American! I was raised here from the young age of five so I grew up learning new customs and would slowly assimilate more and more in the “American way”. Yes, there are somethings that I picked up from my Peruvian family and hold on to those traditions dearly but to me this land is my home and I am honored to call myself an American!
My favorite tradition on the fourth of July is the fireworks! I don’t know what it is about them, but I’m taken back to a place where I feel like I’m a kid again! Once we had Izzy, I knew that I wanted to share with her the excitement I get when I see fireworks! Last year our neighborhood did a big family night outing and put on a great display of fireworks. Izzy was almost 1.5 years old and they really didn’t seem to bother her (I think that is the stage in life that nothing bothered her and that girl was FEARLESS!!)
This year we continued the tradition of taking her to our neighborhood night outing in hopes that this little girl would be amazed and in total awe of the fireworks! Well, we were already heading down a slow and steady path of well…the path that all toddlers face whenever they decide to wake up at 6am and not nap and think they can make it past 6pm. Well, like I said, she was a total ball of energy and had so much fun running around, making new friends, and of course bubbles! It wasn’t long before 8:30pm that she decided to crash…not a good idea to take a now super tired toddler to a firework show! (#parentfail?) Let’s just say that we had great seats and were up close to the action…a little too close for Izzy’s liking! My poor girl was so scared that I ended up running into the closest building to get away from the noise and the display of the fireworks. We ended up watching them from inside, quietly, while looking outside through a small window.
It’s totally fine and I think she still likes the idea of fireworks, but maybe from inside the house, where she knows it’s safe!
Thank you so much for your time today! And if you have any stories about what your favorite thing to do on the fourth of July or comments, please feel free to do so! I’d love to hear about them!
Talk to you soon!