July 4th in Mayberry
It’s been months since I posted and almost two weeks since July 4th, but I have been itching to get back to blogging lately. I can’t tell you how much I love our “new” neighborhood. We pooled our resources with a few families and rented a 22 foot waterslide which we put up in our backyard. Over the course of the day, we probably had 80 people come through, over half of them children. If you blow it up, they will come.
The street we live on is pretty amazing. We live on the 600 block, and everyone celebrates in style. Nick grilled about 50 pounds of tritip, we had spinach and artichoke dip, and a lot of guests and neighbors brought appetizers too. Our neighbors down the block have an amphibious vehicle decked out with flags, and their 12 year old son was giving people rides all day.
Some of you may remember my nephew, Seth. He is the one who had the deteriorating hip condition. They were afraid he might never walk again. Well, we since found him a surgeon in Baltimore, and he has been back twice for surgery to put in and then remove steel pins and supporting braces that were in place for 4 months. It was long and grueling, but they are now out (look at that smile!).
On July 4th he had only been back for a couple of days, so he wasn’t well enough to go down the slide, but he has already had amazing bone regrowth and is walking well with crutches. The prognosis is looking really good for full recovery, which is really a miracle. A year ago the doctors at Shriner’s in L.A. had no answers for us whatsoever. Then it turned out that the one surgeon in the country that could do the surgery to help Seth was a family friend of Seth’s dad, Mike, whose younger brother had gone to high school with him in Atlanta. 🙂
Back to July 4th. :)Every year there is a pinewood derby car race on the 300 block. We just moved here in November, so this was our first July 4th in the neighborhood. Turns out our next door neighbor, Bobby takes the top prize almost every year. There is a child winner, and an adult winner. Nick and the kids decided on Saturday the 3rd that they were going to enter and started carving their cars. Unfortunately, they race siblings against each other and Sophia took Zack out in the first heat. Then she finally beat out our 14 year old neighbor Nolan (Bobby’s son) for top kid honors. Way to go, Phia!! Boy, was she surprised!!
Nick had carved his own car (not bought a kit car) and painted it in Chargers colors) and taken on the pack. There were 50 cars in the running. It turned out to be a battle between Nick and Bobby next door, who made a Coor’s Lightmobile. Bobby won it by a length. Now Nick is scheming to win next year!! Who knew we would be so competitive our first time out? lol!
And my gorgeous friend Mel was manning her BBQ:
Aren’t all those Jacaranda trees beautiful? I love seeing how all the kids are decked out in their patriotic clothes.
My friend, Arsula, who I have hardly seen in about 20 years, came with her two kids, which was such a treat. She used to live with us when I was a teenager, and is like my youngest sister. It was great to have her join us, and I hope it becomes a tradition for them to come.
Just as the races were ending, my in-laws showed up, and that was also great. My husband’s parents are wonderful, and his sister and her oldest son came, along with his cousin, her daughter and husband and their adorable baby.
At the end of the evening, we went up to some friends’ house by the courthouse to watch the fireworks. The kids swam in their pool while the adults socialized. The kids lit sparklers and then we all sang patriotic songs off-key as the fireworks exploded–that will help explain the photo quality ;p. I hope you all had just as much fun as we did celebrating this wonderful country of ours!