This past summer, we were turned on to a local tradition that apparently has been going on for generations. A neighborhood has been hosting a July 4th block party for decades. We were invited to participate by some friends who live on the block. Super organized, they had games for all ages. Da Boys participation started in the 5 yr old foot race. Definitely not the competitive type, Sydney was initially apprehensive, but with some Daddy coaxing, he agreed to participate. He placed 3rd, and was rewarded with a ribbon and a place on the podium. Next up was Casey in the 7 yr old foot race. His 'heat' was stacked with a bunch of his good school buddies. Casey was disappointed with his 4th place finish, but 4th place did earn him 'Honorable Mention'.. Lastly, in the foot race, open/ adult division, (there was no senior division, I checked).. Daddy ran... and got smoked by the dog, the teenagers and just about everyone else who ran the race. Definitely no podiums, ribbons or honorable mentions for Daddy..
Next up was the donut eating contest. The rules were simple. They hung a donut from a string. You could NOT use your hands. First one to finish donut wins. Our little donut lover, Sydney took 1st place. The rest of the family got DNF's because our donuts broke and fell on the floor.
Next was the water bucket relay race.
The last event we participated in was the water balloon toss. Prior to the event, we all got a great illustration of how Sydney's mind works. Having already won 3rd place (foot race) and 1st place, (donut eating), his goal for the final event was a 2nd place finish... So he could have one of each ribbon. Had he won 1st place, I have no doubt he would have gladly traded, or even forfeited into 2nd place. That's our sensitive, sweet Sydney...
Such a cool event, we're so thankful we were included. Da Boys (and us) were surrounded with friends, and good times and great memories!!