First, the parade. Mom stayed up until 3am the night before in order to decorate the golf cart. Ya'll, these people take this parade seriously. There were 26 golf carts in the "Best Decorated Golf Cart" Competition, and you've never seen so many flags, streamers and balloons in your life. Here's our cart:
|And ours was one of the more subtle ones.|
|On the cart: Mom, ZB, myself, two Yorkies, and one sweaty Uncle Sam|
who was just forced to run up a big steep hill behind us.
|Tony and Dad, post golf cart chasing but still looking patriotic.|
|And me, having actually been smart enough to ride in the golf cart from the beginning.|
(Hey, it was 97 degrees out...I'm no dummy).
|Note the cuteness just oozing out|
|And now I have a trophy that reads "Best Kid 2012" to prove it.|
Speaking of cuteness, may I also present the winners of this year's Best Dressed Pet! Mom and Dad's Yorkies, Brutus and Brandi, are each sporting doggie T-shirts, reading "Patriotic to the Bone" and "I love the USA", respectively. Brandi is also wearing red, white and blue stars in her hair. But I think the kicker was the little tiny sequined Uncle Sam hat that Brutus was modeling.
|Because is there anything more adorable than a tiny dog in a tiny top hat? I think not.|
|Mommy, can we have a freaky robot dog with a grating mechanical voice and weird blinky eyes please please please please PLEASE?!?|
Finally, after stuffing ourselves with hot dogs and hamburgers and (I kid you not) 38 different types of baked beans, pasta salads, potato salads, chips, corn on the cob, watermelon, and enough cookies, brownies and cupcakes to put a diabetic into a coma just by looking at it, we decided to hit the pool. And it's a good thing that ZB has such fun grandparents because by this point I was ready for a nap in the sunshine, but ZB was still going strong. She splashed, she played, she climbed everyone's swim suit like she was a spider monkey. The entire day was like ZB's personal version of heaven. (Think about it: A parade, a trophy, a hot dog, a cupcake, a creepy talking robot dog and a pool. Nothing else could compare. It is a one year old dream come true).
So yeah, I suppose you could say that we had a pretty great day. It was good to see such a nice turnout for the parade and picnic, and it was a great way to honor not only our active service men and women, but also our veterans that were in the crowd. Not to mention make it into ZB's top 5 favorite days of her life EVER.
America, we love you and salute you.