Sunday, July 8, 2012

4th of July and Kermit the Frog

Can you believe the 4th of July was here and gone already?  Summer is moving along quickly.  But I must say it's been a really fun one so far for us.  Even though I'm working and Colin is on break, it still feels like summer for me. 

The 4th of July was yet another fun event with new memories made.  I work at a very large community bank outside of my home town that cares for its community.  Each year we sponsor a float in the 4th of July parade and employees help put it together.  This year instead of building a float we paid to have one delivered.  And he was a bit on the GREEN side.  It was a cold air balloon of Kermit the Frog.

A cold air balloon is different than the balloons you see in the Macy's Day Parades because they are not filled with helium so it doesn't float in the air.  Instead Kermit was filled with cold air and he sat on a large wagon.  The wagon was 18 feet long and Kermit was 30 feet tall.  One tall frog.

We needed 18 people to pull Kermit on his sled so I asked Colin if he wanted to help and let's just say he was so excited he couldn't stand it.  He graciously said yes and told everyone he knew about the upcoming event.

Above is Colin standing next to Kermit as we were helping blow him up the day of the parade.  Kermit wasn't tied down yet to the sleigh which is why he isn't sitting on the wagon very well. Can you see how tall he is!?

All Volunteers of the 4th celebration were given a t-shirt to wear.  Colin told me later that morning while we were sitting around waiting for the parade to start that it's been a "bucket list" item of his to be in a parade, have a t-shirt that said "volunteer" on the back and be on TV.  He knocked out all 3 items that day because he was on TV more than once that day.  Pulling Kermit pretty much guaranteed he would make the TV since our town has never had one of these balloons before.

There were lots of golf carts running around the town getting the volunteers where they needed to go. Each of them were decorated a different way.  Here is Colin and one of the other employee's kids.  Colin hung out with the "guys" while all of us women chit-chatted.  It was a super fun day, extremely hot temperature wise, but still worth it.

Thursday evening when we got home from work we had a package in the mail.  Remember our two international students?  Well both of them got jobs in California and they moved away from IL to CA.  We were very sad to see them go but told them California was better than Taiwan so we would see them again some day.  They mailed us a present and sent Colin this sweet stuffed dog. Oh how I already miss these two sweet ladies.

Friday night our town celebrated the 4th of July.  We had a parade as well.  You can tell you live in a small town when the parade lasts 15 minutes and has about 15 entries.  The other parade we were in lasted 2 1/2 hours and had 125 entries.  I should have brought Kermit to my town.  :)  But nonetheless, a parade is a parade and makes you feel like a kid.

Now it's time for probably the best part of summer.....vacation is coming.  We leave next week and I am getting so excited.  Work has been extra crazy so I'm ready for a break there, ready to spend fun time with my little buddy and my Mom and Dad are going so it's an extra treat.  Romeo is coming as well so even he gets a summer vacation! 

Hope you are staying cool wherever you are.  It's been miserable here in the Midwest.  All of our crops are dying from the drought we need rain so badly.  I know much of the US is like this so everyone needs the prayers for rain.

Happy Weekend!

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