Happy 4Th everyone. We had a wonderful weekend. First, my family has a long standing tradition of going to the Fair of St. Louis parade down town. The kids had a blast catching all the candy and getting covered in confetti. My uncle, Bill Griffin, designs the floats and directs the parade and this year was one of his best. The dance teams and musicians that were on the floats added real pizazz this year. As a finale, the last float had Drake Bell ( from the hit Nickelodeon TV show Drake and Josh). My kids went crazy... And me too! Afterwards we went to the Drake Bell concert, which was full of screaming 13 year old girls. Another long standing tradition is fireworks on the Arch grounds. The crowd this year was much smaller than it has been in the past. The Fair was moved to Soldiers Memorial Park due to the flood waters that reached half way up the Arch Stairs. There were still a good sized group of "die-hards" that went to the Arch grounds and we were one of them. It made for a fun packed family weekend, but I still found time to fit in a few family portrait sessions at McNair Park. Can't wait until next year.