It could have gone bad.
Somehow the half a million volts aligned, twisting the four day holiday weekend into quite the ride with more ups than downs….
4th of July Weekend, By the Numbers: Part 1
4 – Days CG had off in a row.
1 – Statewide burn ban on personal and (almost all) professional fireworks for the 4th.
0 – Closets organized as planned.
6 – Hours spent Googling on Thursday and Friday in a vain attempt to find lodging for my “brilliant idea”: spend two days on the coast letting the kids play on the beach.
0 – Number of places I found capable of housing more than three people.
1 – Fire lit under CG’s butt (after my idea failed) to travel anywhere for the holiday.
2 – Hours spent convincing him if a beach (and fireworks) weren’t involved, there was no point going inland when plenty existed here. Minus the fireworks.
2.3 – Seconds it took to truly change his mind when he learned Arc Attack would be performing in lieu of fireworks at Cedar Park’s 4th of July festival. “That is way cooler than fireworks!”
10+ – Estimated number of out-of-the-blue meltdowns The Tackler had from Saturday through Monday. Some lasted at least thirty minutes. Losing at Trouble and being disciplined for not listening were the main causes, although several were totally random.
2 – Times The Tackler hit “red” on Saturday, forcing us to cancel any fun plans.
10 – Dollars spent on tiny plastic wading pool at Walmart.
100 – Minutes of fun Lil Diva and the Tackler had jumping and splashing in it and the two sprinklers we hooked up (Sunday morning: side benefit of watering the very dry areas of our lawn).
1 – Nap taken by The Tackler on Sunday. He literally passed out on the floor of his room.
0 – Pairs of peed in underwear from unplanned naps – yes!
3.5 – Hours of insanely long nap Lil Diva took on Sunday because we had plans to meet up at a friend’s house.
2 – Outfits my poor host had to wear, as her little boy got sick – we’re still praying it was not contagious, though we mostly kept our distance.
1 – Set of plans canceled for Monday because of this…
To be continued tomorrow with how the 4th unfolded…