I have no idea. On the one hand, I hope we do something special. But on the other, if by “special,” you mean out of the ordinary, then I hope for nothing of the sort. Because our summer, thus far at least, has been phenomenal, and it’s been so in an ordinary, everyday kinda way.
Yes. There have been trips to the beach, long afternoons by the swimming pool and even a backpacking excursion into the mountains. But the common thread woven throughout these activities has been our ordinary, everyday kinda family. Because, whatever we’ve done, we’ve done it together.
Which is why I really don’t care what I do on the special day. As long as I get to do it with them. And as long as it’s similar to the fun things we’ve already been doing.
Which is why I’d be just fine with doing any of the following 20 activities on the fourth of July.
Have a snow cone 1 of 20
Like I did with Peanut here a while back.
Go for a bike ride with the entire family 2 of 20
That's always a good call.
Take a dip in the ocean 3 of 20
Like the triplets did on this beautiful June day.
Catch a lizard 4 of 20
But then let it go. Because, seriously, what kind of cruel person would hold a lizard captive on the fourth?
Catch crabs 5 of 20
Um, SAND crabs, y'all. Catch sand crabs.
Build a sand castle 6 of 20
Always a fine choice.
Take a walk on the beach 7 of 20
Unless you just can't sit still, that is. In that case, a long walk on the beach is probably in order.
Take a walk in the woods 8 of 20
But you don't have to be on a beach to enjoy a good walk. The woods will do, too.
Enjoy a beautiful view 9 of 20
Wherever the walk may be, here's hoping it has a beautiful view.
Build a campfire 10 of 20
Remember: a campfire is always a nice, post-walk activity.
Cook a great dinner 11 of 20
As is cooking a great dinner. Just be flexible with your definition of great, if you don't mind.
Watch the sky turn purple 12 of 20
Preferably from the top of a mountain. And with someone you love.
Just chill on the deck 13 of 20
But if none of that's in the cards, I'd be perfectly content to just kick it on the deck. That's always peaceful.
Go for a swing 14 of 20
You know. If the deck starts to get old.
Wear something you don’t get to wear all the time 15 of 20
In this case, a 40-pound backpack.
Wear a new bathing suit 16 of 20
Or, in this case, an adorable new two-piece compliments of Mommy.
Get a kiss from Mama 17 of 20
speaking of compliments of Mommy...
Have someone throw you in the pool 18 of 20
And if you're lucky, maybe you're just a 40-pound five-year-old and that "someone" is former NY Jets quarterback Erik Ainge. Because if so, he'll send your pint-sized ass sailing through the humid summertime air like no one's business.
Kick it with your little brother 19 of 20
But who needs Erik when you could just kick it with little Luke?
Kick it with your peeps 20 of 20
That's all I really need to do this Fourth. Is kick it with my wife and my junior associates. No matter where we are. No matter what we're doing.
Happy Fourth, y'all. May it be your best one yet.