Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 4th of July

Near the beach in SoCal it is normal to have what is called 'June Gloom', meaning every morning the sky is grey and cloudy until the sun wakes up enough to burn it all away sometime around mid morning.

So basically, while the rest of the country is burning up in triple digits, we are still wearing sweaters for all except a few afternoon hours.

The city I live in is divided up into villages, each which is like it's own city within the city.  We have our own schools and shopping and restaurants and on the 4th of July, our very own parades.

It takes the ginormousness of southern California and makes it seem like we live in small town America.

That guy that I like so much and I walked the mile or so from home to the center of our village, across the bridge and the lake to where the annual parade is.  In years past, our boys have been in every part of the parade...from being pushed in a stroller to riding their bikes that they had decorated the night before to pulling the neighborhood floats we created.

Fun, fun times.

This year?  They slept.


No worries for us...a little walk, a little coffee, a lotta talking with friends.


In years past we have done big neighborhood bbq's and pancake breakfasts and all day party's...this year, an evening dessert feast which left all day long for things like hanging out in backyards and Adam's annual water canon and naps.

Naps are important on holidays.


Supper was Fred Flintstone style...massive t-bones thrown on the grill and then fed to a crew of rather hungry and grumpy boys.  Some of them really tried hard to steal my smile (and succeeded at times) but oh well.  It was just one of those days, I guess.

While cooling on the counter, someone (I've narrowed it down to one of three) took a little sample.  Like I wouldn't notice?

Following dessert and a bonfire and lots of catching up, we all wandered down the street to the field where we have the most perfect view of our villages fireworks. 

So all in all, a rather nice holiday.  Good friends, good food, good nap, good fireworks. 


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