Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July!

My Sister-in-Law JoAnn, who is spending her favorite holiday 30 weeks pregnant, on bedrest and with a diagnosis of hydronephrosis, requested that we all post pictures of what we did to celebrate the Fourth of July. I think the idea was that she would live vicariously through us and at least be able to imagine having fun today.

Well, she asked for it:

We cleaned under the fridge.

Sorry, JoAnn! And sorry to everybody who just had to see how gross that was. :)

(I am not a great housekeeper. Periodically I print myself out chore charts and I get all organized and stay really clean for a couple weeks, but I haven't yet found a cleaning routine that really clicks with me. For the most part, I keep on top of the laundry and the dishes -- with Ben's invaluable help -- and pick up the front room and vacuum once a week and that's good enough for me. But then all of the sudden I realize it's been over a year since I cleaned under the fridge, and squirrels might be nesting back there for all I know, and then I have to take care of it and it's disgusting. But I have nobody to blame but myself.)

But we did some fun things, too.

We played with blocks.

We went on a walk...

... and admired a pond.

And then Dot was so tired she went to sleep (mostly) without protest. We've made great strides in sleeping recently. She still wakes up once or twice a night and then is up earlier in the morning than we prefer, but she doesn't cry for over an hour before settling down at bedtime anymore. Hooray!!

As an aside, one of the things that makes me very sad about living in New York now is that fireworks aren't legal here. I don't miss the explosive fireworks as much, but I REALLY miss sparklers. (I mean, really? We can't even buy SPARKLERS?? My first 4th here I made Ben drive me around from store to store to verify that there really weren't any to be found anywhere. I saw a Stewart's with an ad for FIREWORKS! in the window, but it turned out that they were advertising the "fireworks" flavor of ice cream they had for sale. Major bummer.) July 4th just isn't the same without being able to go out at dusk and draw in the air with the light from a sparkler.