The Fourth of July is one of the most anticipated holidays for our family, as it comes on the heels of school letting out, signifying the start of summer. June was an amazing, yet hectic month. Both girls had recitals, end of school parties, baseball season ended with double headers, and Siella’s birthday bash, left me looking forward to a week away with my family.
I love seeing friends, family, and virtual friends celebrate our freedom, through all my social media channels. Since my kids were babies, I always made a big deal about the 4th, coordinating them red, white, and blue outfits. And for the third year in a row, we celebrated on the east end of Long Island, in our beloved happy place.
Arriving early Friday morning, the weekend felt like it would last an eternity, with the 4th landing on a Monday. Since our house is in Westhampton this year, we kicked off our vacay with a lunch at one of my favorite surf shacks, John Scotts on Dune Road. A laid back atmosphere was ideal for these little terrors, who were couped up in the car for over 2 hours. The remainder of the day in the pool back at the house. It’s been so amazing to just relax in our own backyard, just us. I know I’ve said this so many times, but we sooo need a house here. It’s seriously been a dream of mine, and just really want to achieve this goal I’ve set for our family. We’ve been looking, so hopefully soon, you guys.
Every 4th of July weekend, the Southampton Fire Department hosts a carnival weekend with rides, games, and food. I’ve always known about this carnival for ages, but for some reason, we haven’t had a chance to make it. So, on Saturday night, we met some friends for pizza, then headed over to get our carnival on. The kids had a blast, taking a spin on all the rides, playing tons game, and even winning a few prizes. It was a such a great night, that we let them stay up way past their bedtime. Probably the latest they’ve ever been up, apart from New Years Eve.
On Sunday, we headed to one of our favorite beaches, Towd Point, to meet up with more of our friends for huge BBQ cookout and clam bake on beach. Towd Point is a quiet beach, located on the bay side, looking out onto the North Fork, where the water is calm, with lots of cool sea shells. The kids ran around, catching sand crabs and all different kinds of fish. Here, Gem is holding a needle fish. The kids wait all day long for the sun to start to set, so that the adults (well actually, its all Brendan, Gemma’s godfather) can start the bonfire, for roasting marshmallows and making smores. At night, the temps tend to dip, so we come prepared, with a change of clothes and blankets to get comfy around the campfire. The day was socked in with clouds, but somehow, the sunset was the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The sky changed so many times, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it.
And finally Monday, all three donned their Fourth of July red, white, and blues, and mini American flags for an early breakfast, and walked around town. That evening we ventured to Mescutt Beach Hut for an early dinner. It’s amazing that we’ve been here probably 100 times and never knew about this little bay inlet or beach hut.
The kids were sandy and happy, as the sun went down, for another beautiful sunset. Our evening ended listening to our favorite band, New Life Crisis, while fireworks exploded in every direction over the water. I don’t know, it might have just gone down as one of the best 4th of July’s ever! Can’t believe we actually have another whole week here. I would love to hear all the fun filled stories from your weekends. Please share in the comments below!