What did you do to celebrate the 4th of July?
Despite weather that looked like it didn't want to cooperate with our plans, we spent the afternoon and evening at our friends' house. They throw a big party every year, and this year there were lots of kids. We played (or watched everyone else play): volleyball, baseball, water balloon fights, and various board and card games.
Somehow the water balloon fights degenerated into squirting each other with the hose. You skip the middle man that way. Funny thing is, only my kids ended up being soaked from head to toe. Why is that? I thought I was raising kids with more sense. But no, I guess not. So they shivered their way through the rest of the evening because I neglected to bring dry clothes for them. Actually, other mothers stepped in and offered towels and clothing for the wet kids, so they didn't suffer all night. (Note to self: bring dry clothes next year.)
At dusk we did the requisite sparkler and smoke bomb igniting. Honestly, I hate that part. To this mom it's an accident waiting to happen. But the kids love it, so I tried to be calm and rational, taking deep breaths the whole time and not shrieking, "STAND BACK! BE CAREFUL! ONE AT A TIME!" Okay, maybe I shrieked once, but I think it was more like a holler which is not as hysterical.
Here's my patriotic baby. Awww.
In farm news, the kids are gearing up for the county fair which is next week. I'm not ready. I know from prior experience that I will not get much sleep that week and it will be too hot to breathe. But the kids are really excited about the fair, so I am, too. Ben's turkeys are enormous. All he has left to do is figure out which one he wants to bring to the fair and then give it a bath.
Have you ever bathed a turkey? You should. It's hilarious. You will get very wet.
We also picked some surprise blackberries last week and should be able to pick more this week. They were a surprise to me because I thought all the blackberry bushes had been devoured by the goats last year. But no! We have a few surviving bushes! Hooray!
The kids are pretty good berry pickers. The don't eat as much as they put in the buckets, so that's good. The do complain about the thorns and they do throw the rotten berries at each other and they do paint their faces with the rotten ones and pretend they're warriors, but for the most part they get the job done without too much hassle.
Do you know how long it takes for berry juice to wear off your skin if you take too long before you wash it off? At least four days. File that useful tidbit away for future reference.