Alright, so I'm sure everyone is going to be talking about what a great 4th of July they had this weekend. I hope you all did. But I have to say actually, if there's one thing Miami does right, it's the 4th of July. Were any of you sitting on the beach in the warm summer air looking at this (moon reflecting on the ocean, sand red in firework light) while you were watching fireworks?
I was. (Ok, well, and if you were with us, I guess you were too. I hope the rest of you get the chance sometime!)
We spent the evening on the beach in what was one of the most perfect evenings ever! There for sunset, lovely breeze off the ocean, water was even warmer than the air, a gorgeous twilight followed by a big bright moon rising, and then fireworks going off all up and down the beach from all the various beach cities. It was cool to look down and even see crowds of people watching fireworks while sitting in the ocean! And we even got a pleasant calm first hour of beaching thanks to this:
Corn on the cob. I've never given it to my kids before - I didn't really think kids could eat it; but I highly recommend it. I'm pretty sure it went down cob and all, but that little gem kept them occupied, strapped in, and un-sandy for a fantastically long time.
Until it didn't anymore, of course. (The picture on the left was within about a minute of escaping the stroller. Already in the water, out, and back again.) Ryan had to to a few dunking-in-the-ocean sessions when the babies kept face-planting and were covered head to toe in sand, which they hated, but it was still fun.
Here are the babies catching some firework action. I thought the kids would be scared since we were so close but they did great. (Thank heavens because our family alone could have produced enough wailing to even drown out the boom of all the fireworks on the beach.)
In this picture you can sort of see fireworks going off in the distance down the beach.
And I love this picture of our friends - even though it's hard to see, you can see how chill and relaxing it was, and the moonlight on the ocean in the background!
Even though I miss being with family on the holidays, this was pretty dang good.