The fourth of July weekend was perfect in my books. It was mellow and low key, a good mix of immediate family time with dh and Charlie, as well as extended family time. I even had some cousins come in from DC and the country Jordon! As far as the actual day, fireworks have been cancelled here for 2 years in a row due to the economy. Since they are well after Charlie's bedtime, we didn't mind. We recorded them and watched them on tv the next night! :) Also, big fireworks are illegal, but I usually keep my distance from those anyways. We did poppers on the back deck while grilling. It was so cute to see Charlie try to step on them a few times before finally making them "pop". I've included a pic and a video.
Yesterday, we were on our way to the car from eating out and got caught in this crazy short but furious rain storm. We all ran to the car, and I couldn't stop laughing. Charlie dropped his horse on the way out ("neigh") so dh had to go back and get retrieve it from the street. I tried to get in the backseat so I could buckle Charlie in from there, only to find dh had it piled high with his gym bag etc. I had to run around and put Charlie in standing in the rain. He got poured on the whole time, as did I. Dh had water dripping from his nose, and Charlie just thought the whole thing was hilarious. Of course, when I laugh these days I pee (lovely, I know, but true), so that just made me laugh harder at the whole mess of a situation. It was one of those silly things that I will always look back on and smile about. I took some pictures to remember the moment. We were seriously only in the rain for a minute or two-crazy!