Monday, July 05, 2010

4th of July Recap.

Despite the fact that it rained all day on the 4th of July. And I mean - ALL DAY. I'm not being hyperbolic. It was raining when I woke up and it only stopped for short bursts of time until just after dark. The parade in my hometown was canceled. So were the fireworks. It was just a steady, constant rain almost all day. But we had a nice weekend anyway. There was plenty of sun on Saturday. We started the weekend with a trip to the Downtown Farmer's Market and a pool party at my sister's house. We swam. We put children in swim caps, an amazing trick (note that I did not say that we put swim caps on children.) And then the kids swam some more. My sister made some cupcakes.

Bridget's Cupcakes 02

My mom brought the condiment dispensers.
Condiment Gun

And I had my first sweet corn of the summer. It was very good, worth the yearlong wait.
Corn on the cob

Knowing that the rain was on its way, we moved our planned crafty activity from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening. So we got out the rubber bands and proceeded to ruin my parent's front porch.

Dyeing 02

Luckily, they were planning on painting the porch soon anyway. Right? At least I hope so because it may never be the same.

The Aftermath 01

Due to the incessant rain the next day, we had to move our clothesline from the backyard to under the front porch. I think it added a touch of class to my parent's home.

Tie Dye Drying 04

As always, we had varying degrees of success, but the kids were quite pleased with their work.

Anna in Tie Dye 02

When I was growing up we used to tie dye at least once most summers. We're far from experts. I had intended to take detailed step-by-step pictures and do a blog post on how we do our amateur tie dyeing. But the whole thing turned into a bit of a cluster with our 4 young helpers and the permanent dye. I'm thinking that we might do round 2 in a few weeks using our recent experience as education.

The rain did stop briefly on Sunday night. Just enough time to light a few sparklers. But not enough time for the town to reconsider the cancellation of the fireworks.

Sparklers 01

Grace 03

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, and that you were not drenched. And if you are looking for a summertime activity, and you don't mind a huge mess and stained skin, I recommend tie dyeing. More to come on that...

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