Archive for July, 2011

Happy Birthday, America!
July 4, 2011

Ahh, my favorite holiday of the year! 

To celebrate the freedom of our country, we began our celebration day with the annual Huntington Beach Parade.  Even though we knew it is the largest parade west of the Mississippi, we waaaay underestimated the astonishing number of people that can crowd into a tiny downtown Main St. (well, I guess Huntington Beach isn’t really “tiny” per se).  After parking a couple of miles away and then encroaching on another family’s roped off area (literally!) we enjoyed the “small town” parade . . . for over 2 hours. 

Then Harold, hot and exhausted, was done.  I, being move to tears by a number of different floats and memorials to our veterans, reluctantly agreed to leave since the parade was only about half done.  Then we realized we had no idea where we had parked . . .

We had great intentions of BBQ’d hot dogs, homemade ice cream and apple pie – but nap time won out.  We did get to enjoy fireworks and sparklers outside and watched the aerial fireworks in our neighborhood (though totally illegal, but well enjoyed). 

“[The 4th of July] ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
–John Adams  1776.

Happy 4th of July from our Family to Yours!

 Bonus Section (I couldn’t resist):

TERROR:  In the HANDS OF A TWO YEAR OLD!!

Hot Diggity Dog!
July 1, 2011

We were reading a book to Keith the other day and in the book the character was eating a hot dog.  Keith asked, “Mommy what’s a Hot Dog?”  (Imagine my elation that I’ve been able to keep the concept of a Hot Dogs away for over 2 years!)

Later that week, after being an exceptionally good listener and super big helper, Keith had his first Hot Dog – well, half of one because Mommy thought it looked really good!