Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Popping Day!

Joseph has affectionately termed the 4th of July "Popping Day" because of the fireworks that you hear popping all day and night. He's not a big fan. Last year we went to a park across the bay from the Space Needle to watch the fireworks and Joseph whined and held his hands over his ears the entire time. We were hoping this year would be a little bit different. We went to the firework tent and bought sparklers and pop-its and with the explanation that the sparklers don't make any noise, he told me he would do the sparklers but not the pop-its. He did well all through the day on the 4th; the random sounds of distant fireworks didn't seem to bother him at all. But then as it got darker, the fireworks got louder, and he got more tired, he just wanted to stay inside. This is as close as he got to doing fireworks:But we adults enjoyed them! (See our sparklers?)We had a few friends over and we BBQ'd, played a little whiffle ball, and did our lame fireworks. (The good ones are illegal in Seattle.) Justin was mesmerized by the sparklers!

Of course, fireworks aren't what this holiday is about. It was fun to talk to Joseph about our country and why we're so lucky to be free. I think he kind of understood it. It was wonderful to have Darren home for 4 days! He got Monday off too! So we went swimming and got lots of work done outside. What a refreshing long weekend!

8 comments:

Jon & Michelle said...

I'm so glad that you guys had a good 4th and holiday weekend! I'm jealous that Darren got Monday off of work too, how fun for you!

Jenni said...

that sounds WONDERFUL!! and that picture of joseph covering his ears is absolutely hilarious hahahahaha!!! I'm glad you guys had fun though and had DJ home. Every time I look at your blog I just get more and more excited for the reuinion and to see you all!!!!

Emily said...

That's so funny...popping day. What a cutie he is! I was totally afraid of fireworks when i was younger too, it's ok Joseph. How nice that Darren got some time off, I swear that is the best thing about holidays.

Cannonball said...

Don't you just love the world of blogging? This is Heidi Cannon and I am Melanie's sister-in-law (Andy is my big brother). I actually have Bella at my house right now while Mel is at camp. I am friends with Will & Lori Qian. How do you guys know each other?

Cute blog. I'm so excited to check out Grandma Carol and Emily's blogs now too.

Carol and Bruce said...

I agree with Em, it's okay Joseph, They are loud! Sounds like you had a really fun day and I love the photos.
Can't wait to see you!

Ben & Diane said...

That's so funny. I understand the impulse to be afraid of fireworks but most kids love them. He'll love them one day.

Misha said...

Poor Joseph, maybe next year will be better?! The fireworks weren't loud enough to keep Caleb's attention, he was bored after the first 5 minutes!

Glad it was a good 4th! It was fun to see pictures of Eileen and her little baby. :-)

Jennie Minor said...

Sounds like you guys had a good 4th. Nothing like getting together with good friends (if you can't always be with your family on the 4th) and good food, and of course the fireworks. I need to call you! I haven't talked to you in so long!