Friday, June 26, 2015

Fourth of July | Patriotic Favorites for Petit Ones

"Rrr raht da daht dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah doo!
Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle,
But put me in summer and I'll be a...happy snowman!"

By Jess. Ok, ok. So I couldn't help myself with the Frozen song. Whenever the word "summer" is uttered in our house...it's just about always followed by some iteration of words from Olaf's favorite seasonal song. If you are a mother of a Frozen fan, I apologize in advance. Aren't we so glad our kids are so cute that we don't dare throw that Frozen soundtrack out the car window and break the DVD in half? I mean, I could say that the boogeyman came and took them but I'd just be setting myself up with more parenting failure, because no..."the boogeyman really doesn't exist I promise will you please go to bed now?!" 

I promise guys, I really am a nice mom - for the most part! Haha! Can you tell as I was writing this post out - I just needed to decompress from a car ride full of Frozen song requests - "mama...I NEED the ICECUTTERS SONG! Theeeeee ICECUTTTERRSSS!" So, onto what we were talking about, Summer! I know it's not fair that living in Florida we do kind of get that season year round, but one of our favorite things is being able to celebrate Independence day with the petit people in our lives! We have tried to teach Edison that the fourth of July isn't just about BBQs, celebrations and fireworks, but it is indeed America's birthday. I remember being so proud last year when I heard him say "Happy birthday America!" and feeling like I am at least doing my part in teaching him a bit about history, or at least as much as his little brain can grasp at his age right now. One of the things that my husband and I are really looking forward to is taking our kids to Philadelphia and exploring all of the historical sites, as well as other cities involved with the building and founding of our great nation. I went to Philadelphia for the first time a few years ago with my husband for our dear friends' wedding, and we flew in a day early to explore Philly and take in the tours and sites. I admit that during the tour of Independence Hall, I was so happy to be standing in the very room where history was made, and was so moved by the tour guide that I couldn't help but cry. The same thing happened when I went and saw the Liberty Bell. Ok, so I'm a huge ol' sap and I pretty much was moved and in tears the entire time I was walking through that city. I am pretty sure my husband pretended he didn't know me at some points during that trip! Haha! I don't know what it is, but I am eternally grateful to be living here in the United States, especially with having immigrant parents who came here in hopes to make a better life for them and their children. I just feel so very fortunate to be here everyday, as first generation Asian American born and raised here, and now with my very own children. I take pride in Edison being able to identify the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty and a few other significant monuments and memorials at his age, and we hope to continue with that and share with him the history and appreciation for those who have fought and still fight for us. To close out this novella of a post, I am sharing with you a few of my favorite red, white and blue pieces for your petit ones. And guess what? They're all under twenty bucks! I love being that mom who dresses her kids up for every holiday, but the patriotic ones are my most favorite. :) 

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