Friday, July 04, 2008


Happy July 4th!

We had a fantastic July 4th! We drove to our friend Mike's house on the St. John's River in Astor, about an hour's ride from Winter Park. Alex came for a couple of hours, but had to leave at 3 p.m. to get to work at 4:30. We brought chicken to barbeque, a watermelon and a coconut cream pie, which turned out to be a big hit. The weather was beautiful, and unlike every other day this past week, we didn't have an afternoon thunderstorm. We had a relaxing day by the river, hanging out in the hammocks (or falling out of the hammocks, in the case of Catie and Ciera, Mike's granddaughter) and drinking margaritas. Those of us who hung out after dinner went out on the pontoon boat for a ride towards DeLeon Springs and Kevin was very pleased that Mike let him drive the boat the whole way out and back.

After dark Mike's son in law and his sons prepared the fireworks that Mike had bought in North Carolina. What a show! The fireworks were beautful shooting high up in the sky over the river. There was only one mishap when some of the rockets tipped over before they shot up, and exploded sideways into the yard in two directions; one toward the house and the other toward the two boats in the boathouse. Luckily no one was hurt, and it added to the excitement.

The evening was unseasonable cool, with temperatures in the 70's. When we got home we found both dogs in the house. I had left Jo in the house and Jumper outside, so they couldn't get into trouble together while we were gone. I forgot that unless I actually lock the back door Jumper knows how to open it.

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