the fourth

In the morning, the girls played in the baby pool in the backyard, and we ate lunch on the patio...

In the evening, we had my parents and grandmother over. Nick served the pork shoulder he smoked all day, and we played in the backyard some more.

And finally, we bid farewell to Kate's paci. We attached it to a balloon and said goodbye. It now takes Kate much longer to fall asleep, but even though she has asked about it several times, she hasn't gotten upset, thankfully. So glad Caroline doesn't use one!

And that was it! No fireworks for this family... there's no way Caroline would be a happy camper that late, and I think the noise would freak Kate out. Can't wait for that to be part of our Fourth of July ritual! Nevertheless, it was a fun family day!