Happy Fourth of July! We attended our neighborhood Independence Day parade this morning, and I have to say, every year it gets better and better. It was fun to see so many families out. At first, Chloe wasn’t sure what to make of all the hubub, and was startled when the leading police car sounded his siren, but she was quickly distracted by the waves of tossed candy (I’m sure more than one spectator was beamed in the head by a flying jolly rancher), and the many young parade participants riding by on their bikes or being pulled in wagons or floats. It was kind of like Halloween. Without even trying we came home with candy, a small American flag, a patriotic folding fan, a packet of wildflower seeds, a USA tatoo, and a packet of salon-brand hair conditioner. Go figure.