Celebrating the 4th

The 4th of July has been aa quiet day for me for the past several years – I live in a pine forest, where fireworks are forbidden for obvious reasons, and I haven’t missed seeing them at all really. I think the days of Ooooos and Aaahhhhs have passed.

This year, however, we changed it all up. When Kat lived in Southern California, she used to join her best friend’s family at their longstanding block party – a neighborhood party that has gone on for many years. Teaching abroad for five years limited her summer freedom, and she has not attended now for 3 years – this year was the 33rd anniversary of their friendship and she decided that required attendance. So we flew down on Tuesday, Gep joined us Tuesday evening, and we had a great couple of days together.

Wednesday morning we took advantage of the loaned vehicle, and toured some “old neighborhoods” of years gone by, noting many changes, places where new things replaced those in our memories, detouring frequently because it was, after all, the 4th of July, there was a bike parade, and hoards of people heading to the beach. We finally found an open route to Seal Beach, where we had our breakfasts

across from the pier


Where we walked after we ate



And then headed to the party so Kat could spend more time with her BFF


And her brother


And I enjoyed time with all of them and her BFF’s mother





As darkness fell, there were fireworks


When the festivities ended, we returned to our hotel and flew back home the next day, agreeing the trip was well worth it.

And there were some Ooooos and Aaahhhhs.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to Celebrating the 4th

  1. What a nice celebration! The beach looked very inviting. I can’t wait until my beach vacation next week. Something so soothing about the ocean. I loved your patriotic outfit, too. Nice you could get together with the kids.

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  2. Relax... says:


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  3. leendadll says:

    I love Seal Beach. I went there a lot when I lived in Belmont Shore. Now it takes unreasonably long to get there (It’s sooo close but takes about 45 min on a good day). Did you fly in/out of LB?

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    • Carol says:

      We flew Allegiant Air because – price. So we had to fly into LAX. We considered John Wayne, but twice the price.


      • leendadll says:

        Yeah… John Wayne is rarely worth the extra cost. I like LB cause it’s such quick & easy in/out and no sucky drive to LAX (and only 3 or 4 miles from my house). But now that Jet Blue moved their hub elsewhere, it’s hard to find flights.

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  4. leendadll says:

    ps: LOVE the pics and your matchy-matchy shirts!

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  5. As a Canadian I celebrate the best of your amazing country with you.

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  6. Kathy says:

    What a fun 4th of July! You all look so very festive. How fortunate that your kids want you to join them in parties with friends.

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  7. Ally Bean says:

    Your 4th looks like it was perfect. I love your outfits and the smiles on everyone’s faces. What more could you want!

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