This week has been one of those summer weeks that we dream about. After an insane transition week, we earned it. The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. It has the balance of friends and family, throw in the beach and fireworks and it’s perfect. Generally, more people come home for the Fourth than Christmas or Thanksgiving as people have settled down. Honestly, our activities haven’t changed much with kids. We all log as much time at the beach as possible. We may not be out enjoying the nightlife, but I don’t think any of us would trade it. This morning we are getting ready to enjoy the day at the beach with my college roommate and her family.
This is a week where there is a buzz all over town. Yes, there is traffic and you have to plan ahead, but it is so much fun to see the fireworks with thousands of people. The beaches are filled with people of all shapes, sizes and accents. It is truly a melting pot of happiness. It is nice to see families spending time together and without their electronic devices. Yes, we all have cell phones; but I have seen fewer people using them at the beach this week. Parents are looking for shells, digging huge holes for kids to sit in, and swimming with their kids. Others are mini-golfing or strolling the local main streets.
We spent last night with my parents and my aunt before walking to the fireworks and it was a great family event. Complete with wiffle ball in the backyard. The kids have been so tired; they have been quietly playing legos together at the house. We had been having a tough patch, but this week they have been really good. Of course, they still have their moments; but overall they have played really well. They have made new friendships and continue to play with friends they don’t see very often. Next week, we will be back to our new summer routine. There will be baseball and soccer camps in the morning, swimming lessons and I begin my summer teaching schedule; but we will be well rested and ready for the remainder of our summer. Hopefully, all summer will run smoothly, but this week will hold a special place in my heart. Enjoy your week and play in the sun!