We woke up to the best Fourth of July that I can remember. The day was endless and the night was truly spectacular. We started the morning off with cereal and breakfast tacos outside by the grassy courtyard and watched the squirrels play. Then the girls and I hopped on the free bikes and rode around the resort while Clint took the boys to the playground. Seriously, this resort has it all. Then we met back together and went down the green waterslide over and over. Even Keaton got to go down on my lap. Next it was time for a french fry break (for Sydney – that girl LOOOVES french fries). Clint then found a hammock which he claimed the entire day and took a nice nap with Keaton. It was pretty perfect. I took the older kids to check out the kids club (Sydney borrowed some toys) and then it was time to go surfing! Colin was an awesome body boarder and almost got up on two feet. Hayley was great at bodyboarding, but WOW, she amazed everyone at surfing! She was incredible and was surfing minutes at a time and was just killin’ it!! We were so proud of her!
After surfing, we had lunch outside at Vince’s Watering Hole and then all hopped back in the lazy river. I love that lazy river! Of course, then the kids wanted to build more sandcastles, which is always fun. Keaton was just loving digging up dirt. That kid is such a boy!!
Later that afternoon we went to the ballroom to decorate Keaton’s stroller for the parade. Then we got all dressed up in our Fourth of July outfits (yes, I love matching) and grabbed dinner outside at the BBQ pit they had set up and ate outside on the picnic tables. It was pretty darn good. Of course, we got ice cream afterwards. Colin was so funny. He marched up to the counter, ordered a vanilla cone, handed them his room card, and signed his name and room number . . . as if he was any age other than seven.
Then it was time for the parade. I was SO impressed!! They had a full on marching band and dozens of actors dressed in full American Revolution regalia. One of the drummers asked if Colin would start off the parade. Sure! Colin’s never hit a drum in his life . . . but you wouldn’t have known it! He was AWESOME!! You would have thought he had been playing for years. Then the parade began! It was SO fun . . . except that the kids darted off in separate directions. Gees Louise! Phew! I finally found them! But now where was Clint?! Seriously?! We all need leashes.
We found Clint just before one of the most spectacular fireworks show I have ever seen. The Hyatt brought out blankets for every family to lay out on the golf course. They also passed around free popcorn and treats. The marching band played patriotic music in the background while everyone gathered and waited for the fireworks. It was a pretty humbling moment. I have never felt more proud to be part of this great nation. Then the fireworks show began. They pulled out all the stops! The show was absolutely spectacular and was right over our heads. The fireworks literally filled the entire sky! The kids, especially Keaton, just loved it!! Keaton kept clapping, bouncing up and down, and saying “yay” over and over!! It was SO cute!!! And the best part? When it was all over, we just got up and walked back to our hotel room.
I was so sad to leave the following day. We should have stayed another day. Next time we will. Seriously, we have the cutest kids! I love vacations, especially ones like these, because you can just forget about the endless “to do” list and just spend time with those that matter the most, your family! XOXO