We ended up in California for the 4th. I was worried about the crowds but it wasn’t busy at all. We had a blast! We watched fireworks from the golf course at our hotel. I love starting new traditions. We planned on staying until Monday, heading home for a week and coming back the week after. I decided to just stay for the next two weeks instead of battling that long drive three more times. Ivan went home and flew back for the last week. He ended up surprising me and coming three days early. I love surprises and that was one of the best! We lived at the beach all day and the kids slept so good at night. The older kids are so brave they love the ocean, they could never leave and Jack is a dream at the beach. He wanders around like a little drunk man falling in the sand. I can’t believe summers almost over. School’s around the corner. I’m not ready.