Three Kids and a Dog

Monday, July 06, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

It's not the 4th of July without the beach, baseball, parades, barbecues and fireworks! We managed to get all of these things and then some in during this long weekend.

Friday morning kicked off with some baseball where Austen played in his first all star game of a holiday weekend tournament. Afterwards we headed to our favorite Michigan beach. Traffic was horrible and the beach was crowded but it still was nice to at least feel like you were a million miles away from home.

Saturday kicked off with more baseball and the parade. We couldn't all do both so Tom took Austen to his second game of the tournament while the girls and I headed off to our local parade.  Peyton was glad to tell Austen he didn't miss out on seeing Coach Q and the Stanley Cup at this year's parade (since we saw both last time they won the NHL championship) and Hailey was just enthralled with all of the excitement. She fished candy out of the street like a pro and she waved and clapped like a true American. We capped off the day with a low key barbecue with friends and of course, fireworks! Hailey loved it all. She loved watching the fireworks and throwing the little "pop it" firecrackers on the ground too. She was a true champ who retired at 10:40 that evening. A really late one for her!

Parade time!
Sunday held more baseball games and once again we needed to divide and conquer. Tom, Austen and Hailey headed to one more all star game for Austen and Peyton and I headed to the city to use our Chicago White Sox tickets we had for that day's game. Austen and Tom had to miss due to Austen's game but it was a good lesson in commitment as Austen really wanted to go to the Sox game. We told him he had made a commitment to playing in the all stars and he needed to attend that game. He wasn't happy about it at first but eventually he came around and I think he was glad he did. He won the MVP that day (awarded by the coach of the other team - they vote for the opposing team's MVP) for robbing three kids of at least doubles or triples when he caught their balls in the outfield. Go Austen!

I don't think you could get more Americana than our long weekend especially with the great weather we had. May the rest of our 4th of Julys be just as great!

Fireworks with our 3 and a friend.
Adler gets in the shot. 

Daddy's White Sox girl
Getting in some batting practice at the cages for the big tourney.



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