When we got to IHOP, we ran into one of my LLL coleaders going in at the same time! So I got to share breakfast with a friend just by chance!
Then I went over to my friend Jenn's to swim for a bit. We always had big pool parties growing up on Independence Day, so somehow it doesn't seem like the Fourth without a dip. Orion kept going back over to the jacuzzi though...
I have no idea why since it was so hot outside already! I wish I had gotten more pool pictures of him, but of course I was with him, so my hands were wet. After we got out, he wanted to go hang at the playground. That didn't last long because I was worried about the heat, but snapped a couple cute pictures at least.
I have been into close ups lately.
Back at home. I have been wanting to get Orion a water table for a long time but haven't managed to snag one off Craigslist. Then I bought some new toy bins this month and figured I wouldn't have the money anyway. So I got smart and filled one of the big bins with water. Who needs a fancy table?! Several containers and some shells and rocks we got in Canada and he was a happy boy! He was very proud of the little tower he built and kept asking me to take a picture of it. :)
I thought this was the cutest picture of Orion in a long time. And that is saying something coming from me!
Then... dinnertime! I had decided to go to Benihana because it seemed like someplace that would be nice for my birthday but also keep Orion entertained. I mentioned it to some of my friends, and a couple other families actually decided to come! I didn't really expect anybody would because I thought everybody would be busy, so I was really happy. It was Jessica and Dane with baby Olivia, and Emily and Michael with Jakey, Sara, Seth and even their older son Morgan came. We were quite a cozy bunch around one table! They even brought me gifts, which I didn't expect at all. I was so touched! We had a great time, even though Orion was being a little monkey (as I expected).
After dinner, we met Catt and Kristin at a nearby rec center known for people doing alot of fireworks nearby. We decided to skip the major crowds of the big shows, but it was a great decision as the kids got to play on the playground, and we still saw lots of impressive illegal fireworks LOL. All in all, I nice mellow day!