Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!

This holiday weekend, we spent much of our time in preparations for the monkey-on-the-way. Her bedroom is set up, her clothing washed and put away, and various other odds and ends are being taken care of - hopefully before she makes her appearance on or about July 13. My very long list of things to do is gradually getting checked off, thanks in part to Monkey, Sr.

Of course, the best part of the weekend has been the relief in knowing the little monkey is all better and back to his old self. His tests came back fine, and he's been fever free for many days now. We spent the morning at the playground where he talked with the animals.

And played hide-and-seek with dada.

I don't know if it's a Jersey thing, but boy are fireworks popular here. For the past three days, every neighboring town has had a local fireworks display, including our own - which we got to see from our deck. It's been a pretty impressive sound and light show. Unfortunately, since little Monkey falls asleep promptly at 7:30 every night, we haven't been able to bring him to see the lights in person. What we have managed to do is drag him to the local holiday carnival. There, we forced him to ride the merry-go-round, the little jalopy cars, and eat lots of sugary substances. He particularly enjoyed the red sno-cones and chocolate ice cream.

I was very proud of our parenting that day, especially as I laughed at the sight of monkey's full-face chocolate ice cream mustache and beard.
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