We spent Independence Day with our friends, The Barrow Family from Richmond, VA. We’ve known these dear friends for 9 years. We were friends when we were all single officers serving in the military. We were in each others’ weddings. And now, our boys play together.
We played in the pool with the little guys. And then we grilled steaks, savored deviled and curried eggs, chick pea salad, and ice cream with fresh picked wineberries. Then we walked and strolled almost 2 miles to a grand community fireworks display in the heart of Charlottesville.
Calvin oohed and ahhhed at 25 minutes of fireworks set to John Philip Sousa marches at McIntire Park in Charlottesville, VA. And, the best part was that the mosquitoes weren’t even nipping. Great weather, great food, and great friends. What a perfect holiday.
In fact, it was the first fireworks display for all 3 boys. John (3 years old) said the fireworks were “hot”.
This is a photo of Calvin wide awake before the walk home. At the end of it, he was completely crashed out in Steve’s arms. I was able to change his diaper and put him in his pajamas without him even waking up. Yes, it was a LATE bedtime for Calvin, but he got in 3 super naps during the day. He LOVED playing with John and Michael, and he can’t wait to hang out with them again.
On Saturday morning, we went to the Farmer’s Market as usual. Since we all slept in due to a late night, AND because it was pretty rainy, we drove instead of walked downtown. It took us just as long as walking because we had to hunt for a legit parking space.
We stocked up on summer squash, grassfed beef, free range eggs, and chevre (goat milk cheese). Then, Steve went off to work for the grassfed beef farmer while I hung out at home with Calvin.
He’s been climbing up on things lately. He’ll sit up on his knees and crawl on his knees while pushing a toy or a box. Won’t be long until he can stand and cruise on the furniture.
Later, he convinced his dad to read it to him aloud.