Monday, July 13, 2015
Our 4th of July Weekend, Part 1
Second only to Christmas, the 4th of July has grown to be one of my favorite days of the whole year. Maybe it's that the older I get, the more I'm able to reflect on the significance of this very American holiday or maybe it's the fact that I have a family of my own now - two boys who rely on us to shape their childhood and the foundation they will grow up on. Maybe it's because in a time and world of incredibly different opinions on politics and religion and bickering on "news" programs, it seems like the one day of the entire year that everyone can agree on something. We're all blessed to be here and call this place home.
I took some extra time off around this 4th, like I usually do, and I'm so glad I did. The weather gifted us and our celebrations with beautiful sunshine and comfortable temperatures and the chance to be outside for four days straight. We spent our time catching lightning bugs, picnicking under shade trees, playing with sparklers, baking cakes, swimming in pools, throwing water balloons and gathering under a sky exploding with color.
We started our vacation time together with a slow Thursday morning in pajamas. Ipads we hadn't touched since winter, new Netflix cartoons over breakfast, followed by a stop at the bookstore for shared treats and some summer reading material.
We visited the pet store next door and admired the kittens up for adoption, laughed at the dogs getting groomed through the windows and picked out new turtle food for Crush. Little guy loves shrimp bites. ;)
We spent our afternoon with ice cream shakes at the park after an hour at the pool. It was just the slow and easy first day of vacation that we all needed.
Friday met us with a Daddy who decided to stay home from work and give everyone else the day off, too. It's incredibly rare for Daddy to have a day off so we took full advantage - spending our morning running errands together to collect all our fixings for our party the next day before Daddy requested a stop at Subway for some sandwiches and a picnic out at the Arboretum.
We have visited the Arboretum every summer for the past few years, and it's fun to watch how the boys change from one visit to the next. In the past, Brandon has been all about the flowers and plants. This year, he was all about the fish! We could not drag him away.
They have added wheel barrows to the dinosaur dig and the boys were content for a good hour just hauling and dumping sand.
We crafted on Friday afternoon. We made fireworks out of sea salt and food coloring, glue and a straw, decorated our driveway for Papa Bob's 4th of July birthday and grilled our supper outside before welcoming neighbor Tristan over for some early sparklers - just to kick the weekend off right. Tristan's mom gifted us with a whole package of fire crackers, and the boys had fun staying up past their bedtimes trying to catch lightning bugs with their friend.
More to come...