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It’s hard to believe the 4th of July has already come and gone !  Where is the summer going?  We were in the parade again, representing Ryder’s school.  And this year, on task, was bug making again.  Our theme was “catch the reading bug”  – they have a book club at school so we wanted to promote that.  So we made some book worms/caterpillars for the float with some alphabet blocks and the kids wore butterfly wings (to represent the metamorphisis of a child learning their alphabet and the learning to read and like the caterpillar blossoming into a butterfly). 

So began the caterpillar/worm creation.  Take a pillow case cut in half and stuff with some newspaper and a flexi drain pipe (that’s what you get for working in a home improvement store), add some eyes and a mouth and viola – small bookworm for the top of the blocks. 

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Next take a fitted bed sheet, cut in half, sew up, stuff with newspaper, bags, packaging material, add eyes and a mouth and viola giant book worm.  

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 I think they actually came out cute, very homemade and perfect for a preschool float for the 4th of July.  All recycled materials to boot! 

We had a great time.  There are so many wonderful families that we have met through Ryder’s school, there is such a sense of community.  We all gathered the day before the 4th at one of the family’s homes to build the float.  We brought food, ate, worked had a couple cocktails, laughed and had a great time as we prepared for the 4th (while the kids ran around and played). 

The next morning we were all a bit tired (but nothing a big cup of coffee can’t cure), but once we all got together we all came alive and had fun waving to the crowd that gathered for our local parade (it’s crazy how many people come).

We ended the day with ice cream and watching the fireworks (from the warmth of our car – Milo and Saige aren’t quite sure about the fireworks yet – they were coming a bit unglued until we got in our car where they felt safe – and it was more comfortable!)

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th!  How did you celebrate?  What does your community do?