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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July

And God bless America!!

Here are some pics of our big day. You've all been wanting to see the bike. My neighbor, who restores Harleys for a living, chopped up several old bikes and welded many of the pieces back together to make a bicycle built for 4! He and the girlies - along with his daughter (a homeschooled friend of the girls) - were to ride it today. It didn't quite work out. The devil is in the sprockets and chains. Plus he didn't have time to get the handle bars on. They made it about 2 blocks and it was back to the drawing board.

Here they are in the alley waiting for the final touches:

So we watched the local parade. What a trip that was. Not as big as in past years, but still a lot of fun. Maybe they will ride the bike next year in the parade.

The Grand Marshall approaches:

A band!:

A bunch of people on an old fashioned Philadelphia Trolley:

People in our community:

A pretty funky looking old fire truck:

Here's a boat that's part of the river rescue guys:

And the line of fire-trucks and ambulances was really long - they were very noisy, too. They all had their sirens on and kept honking their air horns - what a racket!!

The elder daughter made her shirt that says, 'Honor the Stars and Stripes." The younger daughter's shirt says, 'What Part of Red, White and Blue Don't You Get?' Patriotic little imps!:

The elder daughter chose to jump on the trampoline and the younger chose to have her face painted at the activities after the parade:

Our fireworks were rained out - postponed until this coming Saturday evening. It poured right as we were to set off walking to the display!! We were all very tired after our lovely bbq. Pork ribs, burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, tomatos in olive oil and garlic, and corn on the cob. Yum, YUM!! Many of our neighbors were out with their families too. The kids all play together and the grownups sit around and chat. We, of course, reflect on our freedom and speak of our appreciation to the men and women who sacrificed (and still sacrifice) all.


Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Looks like you had a great fun-filled 4th of July! Love the photos.

05 July, 2007 00:52  
Blogger tshsmom said...

What a couple of cuties!!
At least they got to wear their patriotic shirts. I hope they weren't too disappointed about not being in the parade. ;)

05 July, 2007 15:43  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nothing like a parade to make it feel like a special day! So what if the fireworks are postponed? You'll still have them.

Too bad that the bicycle-for-four isn't on the road yet. Looks like fun.

05 July, 2007 20:15  
Blogger Abouna said...

Great pics. Looks like a good old home town parade.

I invited my sons and their families over to my place for a cook out. then I took the grandkids to watch the fireworks. All in all, loads of fun.

06 July, 2007 01:07  
Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Really nice pics! And I'm really feeling that bike. I went out and saw some fireworks yesterday and ended up getting my eat on at my cousin's house--altogether not a bad 4th.

06 July, 2007 02:50  
Blogger Mike's America said...

I can't remember the last time I saw an olde fashioned 4th of July parade. About as close as we come around here is a line of decorated golf carts.

The fireworks here were good and not too much hassle getting there and back.

I think they should make the 4th a week long celebration!

06 July, 2007 23:28  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Good to see you again, Wordsmith! Hope you are rested up. Thanks for dropping by and I hope that you had a great day, too.

Tshsmom - thanks! They were fine and actually they chickened out one by one after that fateful 2 blocks. LOL. They had a great time at the parade (they love to catch the candy...) and an even better time at the park after the parade.

AOW - We're already planning a little 'do' for Saturday and the fireworks. I hope that the guy continues working on the bike. I told him it would be great to have for many occasions. His wife agreed. Memorial day parade, Labor day parade, of course 4th of July. We could really go to town decorating that puppy - get everyone to practice on it too. We'll see!

Abouna - glad you had a great time. I do love a parade - - especially the smaller community parades. They're a real kick.

Mr. GG - LOL! The girls were feeling it, too - and it wasn't so great. lol. Your day sounds like the perfect way to celebrate.

Hey Mike. I just love fireworks. Ours are rescheduled for Saturday - and they're real close. In fact - they're so close that the people across the street watch from their front porches. We like to go to the field, as we meet up with some friends there. It's a good time.

(Hmmmm. Decorated golf cart. That could definitely work in our little parade...)

07 July, 2007 00:45  
Blogger Mike's America said...

I think your firetrucks were certainly more impressive than a row of flag draped golf carts!

07 July, 2007 13:11  
Blogger City Troll said...

LOL. Maybe. Give me a few hours with a golf cart and some stuff to hang on it. I think we could do it up pretty nice. ;-)

07 July, 2007 17:48  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

OOps. That was me, not Troll.

07 July, 2007 17:49  

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