A few months ago Mike and Kathy announced their dream of the whole family going to their place at the beach for the 4th of July. I confess I was a little nervous, as the whole family comes to a total of around 20 people (10 of those being children ages 9 and under) who would be sharing a 3 bedroom house. But I figured it would be a memorable adventure so July 3rd we packed up and headed for the beach. The boys were so excited. It was decided that the children would camp out in tents and on pallets in the screened porch. They were excited about the prospect, though I really expected them to wander back in sometime in the night. I underestimated them, however, and they stayed put.
Thursday night Miranda and I took our combined 7 children to the beach for a bit. It was the first time the cousins have been there together and they had a great time. Sebastian, who had before happily stayed away from the water, decided swimming could be fun. He got a taste of the surprising nature of the ocean once when a wave picked him up and turned him over. The older boys are now big and brave and want to swim out far into the ocean on their own.
Friday morning the children watched the Lego movie, we had an early lunch, and then headed out for a long day at the beach. Mike and Kathy had gone early to set up a canopy, which we were all grateful for. We played and snacked and talked and swam the day away until finally the time arrived for the much awaited fireworks. The boys’ cousin Sharon brought glow bracelets to share and we all sat down to watch. They exclaimed appropriately. The boys’ cousin Erin made the comment for the record though, “I have tears in my eye, they are so beautiful.” Tired from all the excitement we got in the car and headed back to the beach house, a trip that normally takes 15-20 minutes this time took almost 2 hours since everyone else was going home also. Most of the children were asleep within the first 10 minutes.
Saturday we headed out for a little more beach time followed by a late lunch and then drove home. My only negligence was not buying a few fireworks to do at home before we went. The boys had been looking forward to smoke bombs in particular, but when I went to buy some a few days after the 4th, the store was already closed.