Monday, July 5, 2010

fourth of July festivities

Parade, snow cones, ice cream social, face painting, bubbles, new friends, music, playdough, picnic lunch, glow sticks, fireworks- that about sums up yesterdays events! I looked online to see what was going on in San Diego for the fourth. To my surprise I found a choice of 35 different activities! We narrowed it down to 2. I have fallen in love with the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. It is the area where Aidan had his swim lessons and I had never been there until then. It is very similar to Orange County and they have a real community spirit there. I decided that we would go to the Scripps Ranch 4th of July parade followed by the ice cream social at their local park in the morning / afternoon. Aidan loved watching the parade! I think all of the cars was his favorite part. We waited for about half an hour before the parade started. Those of you who know Aidan knows that he meets friends wherever he goes and does not know a stranger. There were two little boys sitting beside of us and of course Aidan made a buddy yesterday morning named Nolan. They were about the same age and so cute together. Nolan wanted to do a "fist bump" with Aidan and he had know idea what he was talking about. So yesterday Aidan did his first ever "fist bump". After the parade everyone went to the park for festivities and the ice cream social. Aidan experienced another "first" and that was his first experience with face painting. Of all the things he could choose from he decided that he wanted a butterfly. So a butterfly it was! He had kind of a hard time sitting still so it is kind of lopsided. He liked the butterfly so much that he decided he wanted a peace sign on his other cheek. No dragons or spiders for this boy. lol!

After the parade we went home so Aidan could take a much needed nap. Yesterday evening I decided we would go to the celebration at Lake Murray. They had vendors, live music, activities for the kiddos, and fireworks. Because Aidan has friends everywhere he goes he met his friend Chloe. They played together all evening. She is 7 and was so good with him. Aidan had a good time playing football with her. I think her mama kind of fell in love with Aidan too. lol! He was talking her ear off telling her that his name was Aidan A-I-D-A-N, that is he is 2 but almost 3. He told her that he will be 3 on July 27th.-such a smart boy we have on our hands. ( ok maybe I am a little biased but I sure think he is smart!) Aidan also played in the sand and playground, played with bubbles and playdough and got to make a necklace. Fun times! We had a great Happy Birthday America day! So many great memories created yesterday!

Waiting for the parade to start. Notice the car in his hand. He is NEVER without a car in his hand. Parade...
Aidans friend Nolan. Mama's little firecracker!











lol! there was a group that went by that stopped and did push ups, so Aidan decided to do it . ( but not without the car in his hand lol!)





Eating a yummy shaved ice. Notice the car. We bought this one the other day. It was quite the choice for him to make. They had every make and model of car and truck you could imagine. Old cars and new cars. I thought it was interesting that after about 5 minutes he chose this '57 ford. I think he is going to be a boy that likes the classics!






















see my face painting!








One thing I like about Scripps Ranch is the ton of Eucalyptus trees they have there. See them in the background!










Round 2 of yesterdays festivities..... Lake Murray. Playing with bubbles.







































Our picnic spot.












eating ice cream. Notice Aidans boo boo on his leg. He fell in a drain hole that was not covered on Friday. We were walking the dog in a spot that Annabelle likes to go and Aidan likes to go to collect sticks, rocks, and pinecones. He was 10 feet away from me and the next thing I know he was screaming. The hole was covered with pine leaves so you really couldn't see it. I thought it was a snake hole and REALLY started to panic but Clinton went and looked at it and said it was a drain hole that needed to be covered. He ended up losing a sandal too. The poor baby got pretty scratched up!




















































Playing football with Chloe. It you scroll down there are 2 videos. One of Aidan eating ice cream and dancing and one of the two of them playing.








































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