We first went to Belhaven for the annual 4th of July parade. While waiting, we walked down to the Pungo River:
|Yes, Hunter brought a shaded pole motor along|
I took this picture on the bridge:
Tabby taking photos at an interesting angle:
Then we went into my sister-in-law's place, Gingerbread Bakery & O'Neal's Snackbar (website here and Facebook page here), and had some tasty treats and something to drink. (FYI - this is THE BEST place to eat in that area!)
The parade starts with LOUD firetrucks. I liked this old one:
Solomon and I liked the gorilla:
And Hunter liked this crazy solar powered mower thing:
After the parade, we drove down the road to the Pantego Academy Historical Museum (website here and Facebook page here) for a free hot dog lunch. It is such a beautiful old school building with a wonderful museum inside.
After eating, we explored the museum. Solomon's favorite part was playing school and then getting "water" from the dipper:
Hunter spent a long time studying the old stove:
Solomon posed with my mother-in-law. I appreciated she was in costume while working at the museum:
Then the boys did some gardening work before we left (these are possible publicity photos for the museum):
That evening, we gathered with family for supper and cake for Lilly. Solomon was super excited about Lilly's cake (when I bought it he kept shouting it was "beautiful!") and he got the honor of blowing out her 6 candles:
Next we headed to Washington, to the cemetery Lilly is buried at. We had 6 birthday balloons for her and her Lilly-colored owl which I put at her grave for her birthday. I tied one of her balloons to it then we let the other 5 sail up into the air and watched them float away.
Finally, we watched the town's fireworks, while sitting on a floating dock on the Pamilico River:
I love all the busyness of Lilly's birthday celebration. It keeps me distracted. It is SO MUCH easier of a day than her angelversary in December. I treasure remembering the absolute triumph of leaving the hospital with her, on July 4, 2010, and against all odds, she was ALIVE.