It's 4th of July which is a great holiday for celebrating our independence--and Booster and I have been doing that by reading books about the American Revolution and the Declaration itself (There's a great version of the Declaration illustrated by Sam Fink. That uses humor to help elementary aged children make sense of document that can be confusing at times to say the least). She can now tell you who said, "Give me liberty or give me death", she can tell a story about Paul Revere's midnight ride and is still a bit perplexed about what all this commotion had to do with taxes. It's hard to understand the pain of taxes if you have never had a job.
One thing I am loving today about the 4th of July is that I don't even have to give lip service to the idea of going to bed at a reasonable hour. The fireworks don't even start until 9:15 so we don't even need to pretend that we are going bed at a time that would seem reasonable during the school year. The girls have been staying up way too late this summer; we are not doing too well in the maintaining a consistent schedule category.