The 4th…Soaking in the Simple

July 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm Leave a comment

“This has been a nice night, Mommy.”  –Flash

“Is he American” Goldilocks, watching TV with the guys.

“No” says Boy Wonder.

“Are you sure?”  says Dad.

“He’s got that British accent.”  says Boy Wonder, “Because they said all the American men were out of the competition.

We’re watching a lot of the Olympic trials in the evenings.

“I’m HUuuuuuuunnnnnggggrrrrryyyy.” says Red, smashing my straw hat.

“Mmmm” says Mom.

“Why are you saying, “Mmmm” when I say ‘I’m hungry?'”

“Because we just had supper and snacks.”

Walking away I hear him say again in the next room, “Dad!  I’m hungry!”

“Time to brush your teeth.”  Dad says.

“Mom, can we read?!!!!!” yells Red.

“We’ll see.  Go brush your teeth.”

Goldy is now crawling on all fours behind me on the floor to the bathroom.

We had a great 4th.  I’ve taken some time from blogging this week to enjoy the sounds around me like these.

We had the hub’s family over tonight.  I called to see what everyone had on hand and we all brought potluck.  It was simple and easy.  Though the hub worked most the day, it was rainy…very unusual this season.  We left all the windows and doors open and watched it, and walked in it, and took cookies to the neighbors in it, and borrowed ingredients from neighbors for it, and shared squash and zucchini with neighbors, walking across wet lawns.  I took Daisy for a walk and talked to a neighbor on a golf cart on the way, and we talked about the best place to view the fireworks.

We went to Wal*Mart for some grocery supplies and stain for our Anniversary front door we’ve been wanting to get for our Anniversary for three years and have kept talking ourselves out of until the big Lowe’s sale this spring.  It came yesterday and we hope the weather dries to start the mohagany staining tomorrow.  We’ll call it “The Anniversary Door”.

I am only sad that we will lose a door knocker a dear friend got us for the front door that finally fit one of our houses.  I’m trying to think of a way to still use it.  Perhaps a peephole into my teenager’s rooms.

A great 4th weekend.  We are soaking it in.  Hopefully tomorrow night, we’ll have fireworks in the driveway.

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