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4th of July


I know… I know… I’m a little late.  Like over a week late.  But, I guess that is what a week of relaxing at home will do to you!   Finally, I’ve uploaded the pictures and am ready to show what we did for 4th of July. 


The day started with all of the kids (dogs included) so excited and ready to go to the beach, that they all decided to just hang out in the truck and just wait for us to get everything packed up to go.  The 4th of July was B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. around these parts, sunny and 75 degrees.  Just about perfect and you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful Seattle day, let alone a holiday, let alone 4th of July!   The joke is that summer starts on the 5th of July in Seattle, since it can seem like it rains on 4th of July quite often. 


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Ms. Sara was wearing her 4th of July best and was so precious! 

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We spent the day at the beach and the tide was out.  Meaning, lots of sand, sand castles, tidepoolin’, explorin’, and playing in the warm shallow water of Henderson Bay.  Grandma Sandy and Aunt Amelia joined us and had a great time. 


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Lance created his famous sand castle with a big moat.  The kids, grandma and Amelia set out to decorate it.  They put shells and sticks on it, made bridges and roads, all sorts of fun.

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We went off explorin’ and found many starfish, including the multi-armed sunfish.  So cool to see!  Sara caught a ride on Aunt Amelia and loved it!  She loved playing in the sand-warmed water.  And was very brave to play with a starfish!  She thought it was so cool!

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After fun all day at the beach, we left with two tired kiddos (well, 4 tired kiddos including dogs) and two tired parents, too.  We like (meaning – I  like) to be home to get the kids to bed at a decent hour on 4th of July.  Plus, the dogs don’t mind the fireworks during the day, but when they start going off all the time, they do get a bit scared.  I just prefer to be home! 


We ate some s’mores around the campfire, yummm!  And then Sara was off to sleep.  What a big day she had.  She only had 2 short naps since the regular nap time was at the beach and she was.not going to nap when she was having that much fun.  No.sir.eee.  She was tired and went to sleep fast.


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Then, we started the fireworks.  First, just the small ones when it was still fairly light out.  I tried to capture Alex’s reaction to the fireworks that were a bit louder and bigger.  He just LOVED them.  Wanted more and more and more.  This kid is one that loves to be “scared” from the noise/bang and loves to watch it again.  He just soaks it up and laughs and giggles and says, more, more, more!


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It was finally getting darker and darker and Lance would let off some of the bigger ones.  We had a pretty nice show right in our yard! 


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And then came the big finales!  We had some big fireworks that Lance was saving until the end.  Alex and I snuggled up on the warm 4th of July night, sitting on the grass, watching the big booms and colors and sparkles display.  We ooohhhh’ed and ahhh’ed.  I set up my camera, with a very high ISO, and tried to capture our faces during one of the brighter moments lit only from the light of the fireworks – it worked!  I hand-held my camera away from us and used my wide angle lens 17-55mm.  Some of the photos turned out completely black – but others turned out great! 

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It was a very nice 4th of July!