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Fourth of July Foolishness Fun

Wow. A lot has been going on lately. So much so that I haven’t had a chance to catch up and blog about it. I do want to mention that Toby and I and Baby Bug went down to the beach together and we took some family portraits… that was fun.

But the biggest news in fun is fourth of July weekend. My brother and his family came out and we all went to the madhouse that is the beach. It’s crazy. People people people everywhere! In fact main beach was so crowded with people who are from out of town, we had to pack up and leave. I seriously felt uncomfortable, like I had to sit on my purse because someone might pick pocket it. That’s way too crowded. Thankfully there is another smaller beach nearby that was only half as crowded. This smaller beach has lots of boulders and rocks that pummel your ankles to bits if you go swim in the waves, but that’s okay. I never spend that much time in the water anyway. It’s all about the sand and playing with the baby under the shade of a colorful umbrella.

Baby Bug loves the beach. I think she loves watching her cousins even more. They’re always coming up and talking to her and keeping her entertained. Later when we got back to the house I shoved in a Wallace and Gromit video to keep them entertained and Baby Bug spent the whole time watching her cousins while they watched the movie. It was funny. I should have taken a picture.

Of course no time with the nieces is complete without a lesson in physics from Uncle Toby. Last time it was making ice cream with ice and cream and salt. This time it was making explosions with mentos and diet coke. Maybe you’ve heard about it. It seems to be all the rage these days. So of course we had to make our movie (878 kb, quicktime ) too. But it’s way boring because we don’t have any big open spaces for making real exploding bottle bombs.

That sort of satisfied Toby’s need to explode things on the fourth of July. Not as fun as last year… but we had the baby’s ears to think of. After a nice pic nic on our patio (we opted not to share our food with the crowd at the beach) we headed off to the local dunes to watch some real fire works. Baby Bug fell asleep long before the show started but it was still fun to have her snuggled next to me in the sling and watch all the pretty colors with my nieces.

I learned something tonight. Before you take kids to the fireworks, always make them go to the bathroom. We had to take niece number one off to the bushes to squat and niece number too had to do a number two that could not be done in the bushes. My sister-in-law missed the entire fireworks show because she had to walk back to the car (that was very far away) to get a pull-up for the emergency poo. Good times.

“Is this what I have to look forward to?” I asked my sister-in-law. “No,” piped in Toby with all the authority of someone who does not yet have a toddler being potty trained. Well see. I know a lot from babysitting and learning from my nieces… but you can’t always have everything figured out.


  • Beck's Mom

    What a CROWDED beach! Gag!!

    Speaking of potty training… We just returned from two nights of boat-in camping. “Boat-in” means you beach your boat wherever you choose, set up your tent, and there you are! Being away from noisy, crowded campgrounds is truly fabulous! All we could see was water, sky, hills, trees, birds, etc. The main downside is that the local loo is a floating outhouse, about a mile away – over water. This trip was a trial run using my brand new personal chemical potty (by Passport Potty, from WalMart) – in its own separate Potty Tent. (A friend with 6-7 young children keeps one in her van.) I give it a ‘thumbs up’ and hope to take it on future trips when we hope to invite non-family members to be with us.

  • comfortablycrazy

    Everyone is probably still recovering from yesterday. I know I am. But it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do it again. But I agree that it needs to be a non-holiday day.

  • Jennifer

    WOW, I barely like the beach on the weekend, forget a holiday. Looks like you all had lots of fun. Keeping track of your kids’ bowels is such a PAIN. Even when they’re potty trained you have to keep running them to the bathroom all the time. I hate public toilets.

  • Daisy Mae

    That was one crowded beach. Baby Bug’s bathng suit is soooooo cute!!! Actually all of the girls are cute as a button!

    Loved the bit about the explosions with mentos and diet coke, I didn’t know that! Tell Toby thank you for me.

    Sounds like Baby Bugs 1st July 4th was a rousing success. Here’s to many more excellent July 4ths!

  • stavroula

    All kinds of fun in this post (with a little dose of reality at the very end…) Love your beach photos and your family portrait. I’m heading to CA this weekend – looking forward to some beach time of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!