The fourth of July has always been sort of special us. Since finishing college, all of mine and Cort’s mutual friends from high school (and college) moved away around the country. One of the only times of the year that we get to see some of them is The Fourth when they all come back to West Michigan. This year was no different.
Although we missed some people (um, Phil and Liz? that would be you. Oh, and you and your no-car-lifestyle, Harbottles), we still managed (somehow) to enjoy ourselves. In fact, while getting settled in on the beach, we ran into our friend Emily, otherwise known to you bloggy friends as DesignHERmomma. Small world. Small “Great” Lake.
As I have blogged numerous times before, my friends’ aunt lives ON Lake Michigan. We have been coming to this beach since high school.
Although throughout our college years, there were beer cans littering the beach, not sand toys.
Last year, Eddie was only eleven days old when we came out to see everyone, and we didn’t make it down to the beach (I couldn’t go down all those stairs. something about an abdominal incision healing. whatever.).
This year we were excited to see one of my BFF’s, Erin and her cowboy husband, Brad who live in Montana. Cort’s BFF, Mat, was also in town from Colorado.
We spent a good chunk of Saturday on the beach. Eddie helped Owen bury Mat in the sand.
And Cort took Eddie swimming. We stopped at Meijer on the way out and picked up a $3 swimboat thing. We weren’t sure how Eddie would do with the 1-3 foot waves, but he loved it!
Look how tired my little guy is! Poor buddy! Just can’t give in to sleep when there is a party of fun going on!
When we got out to Kollen Park, we anchored and waited for the sun to go down so the show could start. Cort cuddled Eddie as best as he could with that unwieldy life jacket in the way.
Eddie had a pretty good time watching the other boats and the random, uh, illegal fireworks that were going off preshow. But once the real deal started, he really didn’t care. He was tired. So Cort laid him on his side and he just drifted off to sleep when….the show ended and all the boats started sounding their horns. This apparently is uncool to someone trying to sleep.
It didn’t take him long though, to drift back to sleep for good on our way back in to the marina. He slept like a little rock all night.
So that today? He could do it again! That is right! Today was Beach Day The Second:
Again we packed up all our gear and headed out to Lake Michigan. This time it wasn’t just us kid-havin’ folks down at the beach…
Even “The Cowboy” shed his Wranglers for mesh shorts and traded in his Stetson for a ball cap. There were kids and dogs and people galore cooling off from the mid-ninety degree temps.
Eddie wants you to know this has been his best Fourth of July yet. He seriously played for another two hours on that beach today. He played with Owen again, and watched the dogs and the people. He
ate dug in the sand and went swimming. In fact, when we carried him back up to leave, his little piggies were so shriveled they looked like little raisins.