Celebrating Independence


WARNING: I am about to inundate you with animated gifs. Brace yourself, my friend.

We played with family on the 4th.

Leading up to the holiday, folks would ask me if we had plans. I figured that we would, eventually. And we did. Family came through and it turned into an all day party (broken up with a little bit of napping).

In the morning, Nathan, Dom and I crashed the breakfast put on by our old ward. They didn’t even know we were coming so they were, obviously, pleasantly surprised. It’s been about 9 months since we moved out so, as expected, many people were surprised by how big Dom is now. I had to ditch out for a while to go and meet up with an HVAC guy at our home (which didn’t actually fix our a/c, but that’s a whole other story, entirely), so I’m not sure how many of the old women Dom flirted it up with.

After that, we moved on to Grumma’s house for a delicious brunch. We picked up Mern and Campbie Joe on the way, which was fun for Dom to ride in the back seat with other people. At Grumma’s, we also met up with my parents and Thane’s family for eating then swimming. Dom loved swimming. He wanted to sit on the side and push himself in, over and over and over.

Campbie Joe had a blast jumping in to his mom’s or his dad’s arms. See?


All the kids had a darn good time and the grandparents enjoyed relaxing in the shade.

At first, we couldn’t get a table, chairs, umbrella when we got to the pool because several families were already there. Then one family left and told us that we could move our stuff to their table. Nice gestures are always appreciated and it was such a contrast to the three younger women that piled their towels on several chairs, put their tanning oils on the table, but then laid on the lounge chairs in the sun. When we first showed up, those women even made a point of putting a towel on another chair as if to mark their territory against this family with their noisy, splashing kids. But, they were very tan.

More pictures of Dom relaxing after swimming, happy and steady Teddy, Mern and Campbie Joe’s smiles, the floating babes, Hobbes rocking the floaties, Campbie Joe’s pointy-toe, Alice swimming with her daddy, and the grandparents all shaded up.


After swimming, it was nap time. Then after nap time, we loaded up on fireworks from the big tent in the Rancho Markets parking lot and meandered up to Opa and Grandmere’s for some dinner and more family time.

Dom’s figuring out how to jump and spent some time learning from his cousin:


And to animate that bad boy, here ya go:


We had cupcakes after dinner. When Dom saw them, he started to sing his rendition of Happy Birthday.


And Opa had a great time singing Beach Boys with the babes in his arms.


I didn’t get any pictures of fireworks, but we lit those off in the street after desserts. Some of the kids loved it, others were scared of the noise. We bought some parachute fireworks and were excited to get those as they floated to the ground. Only, there was wind.

Thane even tried running around the block to catch the last one that we shot up.

But the parachute failed and it plummeted to the earth somewhere in the neighbor’s yard.

Maybe next year, we’ll get a parachute or two.

It’s Pouring

I know that these problems are fleeting, but for posterity, I’m going to list them here so I can always remember how much fun life is sometimes:

  1. We have problems with my car, a hose broken, it’s making noises, not sure what it is, but so excited to take it in and find out.
  2. Dom got confused and thought that last EVENING was sleeping time instead of last NIGHT; Nathan helped out thankfully, but certainly tired today.
  3. Our disposal is dripping from somewhere.
  4. This morning, Nathan found water dripping from our ceiling in the kitchen. There’s a leak somewhere upstairs. They can’t seem to find it. We get to watch for it leaking again and call again.
  5. A main water line broke in our complex (don’t know the details) so they’ve shut off water to all of the buildings. I’ve been washing my hands with what’s left in my water bottle. Might actually have to break into the water storage in the back of our kitchen cupboard if it’s not fixed before too long.
  6. Nathan has a school community council meeting tonight so probably not getting home until 9:00 or later.

On the flip side:

  1. The upstairs neighbor is a very nice woman who has texted me updates all day, trying to be helpful about the leak.
  2. Opa came and watched Dom this morning so I could have my first haircut since I was 3 months pregnant! I donated some of my hair and now have a “mommy haircut.”
  3. Dom was full of smiles when he woke up and saw my new hair.
  4. I CAN’T do any dishes right now, sigh. No water, no washing things.
  5. Saw blue skies today.
  6. It’s warm inside.

What about you? Is it raining and pouring for you or do you have blue skies?

Happy Birthday, Opa!

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Last Contest’s Winner: Ms. Janet. And now for a nice little blog shout out. We used to take diet coke breaks together. Then she moved on to bigger and better at another company and I stopped drinking diet coke every day. Now, we live around the corner from each other so when she has nice smelling lavender all grown in her little garden, I’ll wander on over for an aromatic visit. Super.