My kids have never been out past 9:30. So the decision to take them to see a fireworks display that didn't begin till 9:00 was a BIG decision. I felt that this year they were both old enough to not only enjoy them but not be scared of the noise. And of course, there was the late bedtime factor. We loaded up a bag of snacks, a small cooler with Kool-Aid drinks and a few bottled waters and then I covered the kids in Off (it is South Texas) grabbed some lawn chairs and we were one our way to start a family tradition. Well, to both mine and Paul's surprise the kids did great and we had a lot of fun. They really enjoyed the show. Tyson knew what firecrackers were but Emmy had no idea, she kept asking when she was "gonna see the cracker?" I guess she was expecting to see this giant Saltine cracker in the sky. Sometimes you just never really know what's going on in her little head . Anyway, they loved the whole experience of sitting outside with 3000 other people they didn't know and hanging out in lawn chairs on the grass. The kids played on the playground and Tyson and Paul threw the football till it was time for the show to begin. Good times!!!
We got home a little before 11 and Em had been asleep since 10:30 in the car, carried her in asleep, changed her and put her in her bed, and she didn't wake up till the next morning.