Summer is just rolling along here with all the summer-y fun that I love. We had a nice July 4th.
It was very laid back. We spent most of the day at the pool. It actually rained that night. I don't think I can ever remember it raining on the fourth of July before! But Steve's mom had a bunch of people over to cook out and we all brought something good to eat. (Steve wore his dad's "fourth of July shirt" that he always wore in honor of him. I think it has red, white, and blue golf bags on it.)
Steve's brother, Mike, grilled out underneath an umbrella and after dinner we played games inside. We also watched the Washington, DC fireworks and thought about all the fun Mark was having since he was there with some friends! We called him that night to tell him we missed him and see what they were doing. He was on the mall about to watch the fireworks.
We were there a few years ago on July 4th and had a great time! When we got home, we watched the Boston Pops fireworks. That is where we were this time last year. I have to say that I think that is the best fireworks show in America. It was amazing to see it live and it is almost as good on TV!
I finished my book, Signs of Life, and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick, easy summer read. I have a stack of books that I am trying to get through and I love that I actually have time to read them now!
We ordered Rocky a "thundershirt" this week. Thank you to Gina, a blog commenter who told me about it!
Apparently, dogs wear them when it is thundering or there are loud noises like fireworks, etc. and it helps them calm down. I am willing to try anything at this point...seriously. Last night we had yet another thunderstorm and Rocky basically slept on top of me all night. Bless all our hearts. I will let you know how it goes!
Other than all this, here are a few things we have been doing...
*We have all been spending more time outside. Steve was on the go this past weekend! I wish I would have taken a picture of all the stuff he did. He and his brother played golf and went to dinner with Lindy's boyfriend, Sean, and his dad. They had so much fun doing that. He also got a bike for Father's Day and he biked 10 miles on Saturday. We have a Greenway here in Charlotte that is beautiful for biking and hiking. Then he went to play tennis in the blazing heat for a few hours! He is the man! :)
Meanwhile, I have been spending lots of time just laying by the pool! haha
*We watched South Carolina win the College World Series!! Woo hoo!
*And we have been watching and staring in disbelief at the Casey Anthony case. I know the jury did the best job they could, but it is still disappointing. God will be the ultimate judge one day, though!
*I have been learning how download podcasts onto my iTouch. That is so much fun! I downloaded several interesting podcasts (who knew there was that much information out there???) this week and now I can listen to them when I am out walking or sometimes I listen to it when I am tucked into bed about to fall asleep. I have never listened to an audio book before, but I think I am going to try that next!
*I have been going out with Steve and my girls. Steve and I went to one of our favorite restaurants Friday night, Firebirds, and it was fun going on a date--just the two of us. We rented True Grit to watch when we got home.
I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite.
And yesterday Laura and Lindy and I had a day at the mall together. I wanted to get a new bathing suit since they are on sale and I hardly ever buy a new one. (I think I have a few that I've had for about 10 years now!) It was time.
I am loving July and I hope it goes by slow and sweet so I can enjoy every minute.