4th of July

It’s been a busy week. I think even poor little Alex was wiped out.

Last Saturday we went to the Cedarburg strawberry festival, as I posted previously. That was followed by the Thursday night fireworks at the lakefront, 4th of July at Alicia & Gordon’s (with fireworks) and Summerfest on Saturday. Plus we’ve had Jenna all week as well.

Thursday night we decided to take Alex down for his first fireworks. The big fireworks display in Milwaukee is always held on July 3rd. The best place to watch is the lakefront, since they shoot them off of barges out in the lake. Remarkably, Alex stayed awake until they started at 9:35. He was pretty hyper at first, decided to throw up his dinner (for some still-unknown reason), followed by more hyperness. Just before the fireworks started, he was running circles around the blanket. The people behind us actually moved their blanket back 5 feet because he kept coming so close to them. Of course, they’re the ones who placed their blanket within 4 feet of us to begin with, even though there was absolutely no reason to, so I didn’t stop Alex. I figured it served them right. We were considering coming home after Alex was sick, but he seemed fine and showed no further signs of not feeling well, so we stuck around. Unfortunately, the stroller took the brunt of the mess, and needed a serious bath the next day. Eric did a good job getting as much off as he could. The fireworks were good, and Alex really seemed to enjoy them. During one pause, I think he heard other people clapping because he suddenly started clapping and yelling “Yeah!”. It was very cute. We got home about 11:15, with Alex falling asleep about 10 minutes away.

Friday morning, I woke up around 6:30, and by 7:00 Alex was out of bed. The 4th of July parade in our neighborhood started at 9:00, so just before 9 we walked the one block down to Alicia’s house to sit in her yard to watch. It took at least half the parade, but then Alex finally started following Jenna to the curb to get candy. He acquired a sucker which he proceeded to lick for the next few hours. When we found it later, it was flat on one side. He took an early nap, around 1:00 instead of 2:00, but only slept for an hour and a half. He usually sleeps about 2 hours, but I was expecting 3 hours since he was short of sleep. Around 5pm we headed for Alicia’s house for a cookout. By 7:00 I decided to bring Alex home because he was getting into things and getting upset when we stopped him. Eric and Jenna stayed (and got to play some Bocci Ball) while Alex and I came home and watched some Bellflower Bunnies until 9:00, when we headed back over for the fireworks. Again, he seemed to enjoy them and joined in the clapping at the end. We got home about 10:30.

Saturday morning I managed to sleep in. Eric was up about 7:30, and said that he heard Alex once but nothing more. When I got up at 9:30, I still didn’t hear anything out of Alex, but a few minutes later I did. He was sitting in his little rocking chair when I opened the door. So he was probably up for a little while, but because of his habit of staying quiet (for which I’m grateful!), he didn’t get out of his room until later. We had breakfast and showers and just after noon headed for Summerfest. Summerfest is billed as The World’s Largest Music Festival, and is held in Milwaukee every year starting the last Thursday in June and running for 11 days. It’s the big event around here, rivaled only by State Fair. My company has given us 2 tickets every year since I’ve been there, and this year was no exception. I acquired a 3rd ticket from someone who wasn’t going to use it, so we got completely free since Alex is still young enough to get in free. Unfortunately, the food isn’t free, but that’s a whole different story. Suffice it to say, we did a lot of walking around, a lot of eating, a lot of listening to music, and about 2:00 Alex fell asleep in his stroller. At Summerfest, there are no quiet corners. There is music no mater where you go, from about 10 different stages playing different types of music, so I’m a little surprised Alex managed to sleep. After Alex fell asleep, we got our traditional cheesecake and then headed for home. Alex woke up as we were getting to the car, and although I put him in bed to try and finish his nap when we got home, he didn’t go back to sleep. Eric and I did, though, while Alex played in his room and Jenna rested on the couch watching TV. We are all quite tired after 3 consecutive days with activities. But we all had fun.

4 thoughts on “4th of July

  1. WOW you did have a busy few days. You should be tired from just writing all this down 🙂 Happy 4th to you and the entire family. Love Aunt Mary Ellen

  2. Sounds like fun. Your Dad had to work. The rest of us watched the fireworks at Grandma and Grandpa’s, as usual. Sam fell asleep halfway through the fireworks, on my lap. He had marched in the Parma parade that morning, so he must have been more tired than usual. I don’t see how they can sleep through all that noise.

  3. I can sleep through all that noise and I did! I had to work that night, so I stayed at the grandparents until about 3:00, and then went home and slept through the fireworks. You guys sound like you had a lot of fun!

  4. Wish I could have been there with you. It would have a lot more fun than being at work even though it was a really slow and easy night. I actually got out of there 1/2 hour after we locked up. Normal time is 1 1/2 to 2 hours to finish up. Love and miss you, Grandpa