Monday, May 4, 2009

May Day!

Photo stolen from Kelli (because she always has her camera, and we don't, and because she is a better photographer anyhow.)

For those of you who are not familiar with Long Beach, every year the Peninsula celebrates Loyalty Days on the first weekend in May... this was originally a celebration to counter the USSR's "May Day" and consequently, is rather heavy on the patriotism. Which, to be completely honest, I love. Yeah, I choke up when I hear the national anthem or see the VFW march in the parade (c'mon, those dudes are amazing). It's a bit crazy, but it's true.

Chillin' with Grandma

Anyhow, Tony likes to go every year to attend the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, so he took Charles on his very first boat ride (don't worry, kid, there are many more to come). Of course, Tony completely defied me and didn't put the baby life jacket on Charles AT ALL, but I understand that he stayed in the wheelhouse the entire time due to crummy weather. Charles also went to his first and second parades and got the distinct pleasure of being startled by the very loud fire engines. Those are not made for baby ears!

Another first: Chico's pizza (just the crust). He loved it, of course.

Meanwhile, I acted as milk machine (standard) and also helped out my folks with a garage sale to liquidate the last of my grandmother's stuff. Wow, she had a lot of stuff. Anyone want any depression glass? I have a whole set and there is much more to be had. My dad and I also took the dogs and Charles to the beach in balmy 65-degree weather on Friday. Charles thought it was awesome. Buster was so hot, he waded out into the surf and sat down. Yeah, that smelled great while he was drying.
Feeding oneself is hard.

The ride back up was not so fun, as our little boy decided to express himself around Tacoma. He wasn't hungry or wet, though we stopped twice between Tacoma and Northgate to check... no, he was just angry. Charles has quite the temper. We sang at the tops of our lungs until he wore himself out just north of Everett. Thankfully, the past few days have brought an improvement in sleeping. We have been waking up around 2 or 3 am, again at 5 am, and then up for the day around 7:45. I can live with that.
We're home now, and my house is darker because all the trees around us filled in over the weekend. Bizarre.


K Schimmy said...

What color is the depression glass?

Please feel free to steal anything from my Flickr site, that is what it is for... sharing. =) We were quite impressed with Mr. Charles' smile yesterday, but we agree with you about the fire engines--not for baby ears at all.

rogerhol said...

It was a fantastic wknd, and thanks for the help with the estate sale Amelia. Charley's a blast to have around here, so bring him or drop him off anytime.

Mom and Dad said...

I agree with Roger. I had a wonderful time and spending time with you guys is always terrific. Your mom is a great cook, Charles is the best and his smile was a winner. The picture for Mom's Day is not proudly displayed at work so I can see him every day. Everyone thinks he has a winning smile. Me too.Love ya

Sarah said...

It looks like you guys had a great weekend. And pretty good weather too. I'm glad to see that Charles is getting to be a Chico's pizza eater at a tender young age. You just can't start them too young for that sort of thing. :)