The 4th found us at the river (my new favorite place) for a day of swimming, boating, fishing and best of all, EATING! The weather was awesome, especially for Charleston in July and the water temp was perfect. We took the boat out a couple of times - on the second trip we brought the tube that Lawton had found in the falling down shed in the back yard. Yeeeaahh. Celi very bravely decided to ride the tube and she and Lawton hopped in. The boat takes off (slowly, of course) and everything seems fine until Celi leaned forward a little and the front of the tube got swamped. Lawton tried his best to get it to come back up but they both ended up going in. My girl did NOT like that - she began screaming as only a 5 year old girl can, so we hauled her back into the boat. As a side note, this tube has seen better days. It floated, but that's where it's good qualities ended. Two words: DRY ROT.
Anyway, my very brave little girl decided she would give it another go, so we pulled them around for a minute until she wanted off. Lawton rode it for a few minutes and the whole time he was on it, pieces of it were flying off! Really it was just the handles, but it was pretty funny looking.
We had a super nice day all in all - fun, food and family - it doesn't get much better than that! Got home too late, of course, and then we had to do our sparklers, which would have been much more fun had I not set my thumb on fire, but that is another story. Anyway, we all had a great time and zonked out almost instantly!