Cranberry Community Days

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That was Rusty’s motto at Cranberry’s Community Days on Saturday evening. Since Rusty was at Boy Scout Camp over the 4th of July, and had to miss fireworks, we decided that we would head over to Cranberry Township on Saturday evening to watch their Community Days fireworks.

We went for the fireworks having no idea all the other fun that was offered….

and the added blessing we discovered was that it was all free…

the best sort of fun!

Upon arriving, the first thing we encountered was the bouncy house area. The boys were so excited. It was for kids ages 14 and younger. Rusty was thrilled that he just barely made the cut, but then discovered that his size was working against him when the workers questioned his integrity when he told them he was 14.

Poor Rusty!

You could tell he was struggling with the adult scrutiny, even though he had no reason to feel guilty. I finally stepped forward and confirmed that he was being truthful, that he is just big for his age, and that he wasn’t there to cause trouble he simply wanted to bounce with his little brothers. Once the volunteers realized that he wasn’t a troublesome teen who was lying about his age they stepped aside and let him play.

The following picture KILLS me!

I felt like I was the owner of an overgrown Mastiff puppy in a dog park full of Chihuahua owners.  😉

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All the boys enjoyed the bouncy house area!

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After spending a significant amount of time bouncing we moved onto the booths that were set up around the park. It was fun to explore and check out all the fun free activities different businesses, churches, and organizations were offering.

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At the Home Depot booth some of the kids made toolboxes to take home to store their treasures in.

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Another booth was offering face tattoos and popsicles.

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Tyler and Ozzie loved the hula hoop competitions offered by a local physical therapy business.

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Ozzie was quite the hula-hooper!

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Molly loved having her face painted by a talented young artist who we discovered was a  homeschool graduate and kindred spirit.

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Isn’t she gifted?! I’m sure it helped she had such a lovely canvas to work with. 🙂

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It was a perfect summer evening and atmosphere was intoxicating. The live music, bright colors, carnival smells and bustle of people brought a magic that can only be found at a summer fair.

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When the sun began to sink in the sky we found a grassy hillside to set our blankets and chairs on and we waited for the light show to begin.

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 Rusty was the reason we came to see the fireworks, but we were all blown away by the fireworks show put on by Cranberry Township. It was spectacular and in our humble opinion beat Pittsburgh’s show this year.

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It was lovely sitting in the grass,

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on that warm summer evening,

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with my greatest treasures,

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watching the fireflies dance below the explosions of color in the sky.

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This is what summer is all about!

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