This year, I tried to teach Sophie some history about this special day when we celebrate freedom for our country. She is learning the Pledge of Allegiance and the "Star Spangled Banner" which has been a challenge because of the new vocabulary words and the deep meaning behind them. I even learned some things that I didn't know before! When we arrived at the celebration, Sophie said, "it's like a huge birthday party with carnival rides and bouncy things and games and popcorn and fireworks (in a high-pitched squeal, of course)!" Well...yeah...kinda like a birthday party:). I'll have to go to the library next year and get some good books about Independence Day. Anyway, it was a great celebration. We went to Lake Benson in Garner this year and it was really awesome. The NC Symphony Orchestra played and the carnival for the kids and the fireworks show were equally amazing! This will be an annual event for our family!