Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Sparkling baby steps, then sleeplessness

Some of you have asked for an update on how my son faired with the fireworks this year. Well, mother nature gave us a hand with things by diluting our streets with rain right about the time people normally start the fireworks off. But, earlier in the day, I decided to take the approach of getting my boy to at least dabble in some non-noisemaking ones, just to test the waters.

His Dad took him to the stand and they came back with snakes, sparklers, chickens (which are noisier than we remembered) and those spinning flowers. I was disappointed. No Chinese pagodas or volcanic cones? What's up with THAT?

Well, my son did OK with it all. Sure, he had some moments, like this one where even the hissing sound from one firework bothered him...but he still kept a smile on his face.

But, for the most part, he actually enjoyed it. Perhaps it was my husband's ingenious idea to completely incinerate an old broken car of my son's that got his mind off of being scared. Witness the meltdown for yourself:

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The smoke bombs were a lovely touch and we enjoyed trying to set off snakes and those at the same time as well. This was what we ended up with in the end. We were pretty proud of ourselves, I must say.

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And, in what was no surprise to this MomCat, my daughter seemed fearless, shouting "A-gihn! A-gihn! A-gihn!" immediately after my husband would shoot one off.

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Now, that evening, the heavy rain early on signaled a good time for bedtime early. And, we got my son asleep before it dried up enough for anyone to blast over our house. But, my daughter woke up instantly. She ended up in our room. Then, about 11 o'clock, after a particularly bad round of them, my son screamed out. If you think I was kidding about his level of terror, then perhaps you should have been here to change the wet sheets that night. He obviously was too terrified to hop up and go to the bathroom, something that he never has trouble with normally.

So, the daughter was in our bed, the son moved to her bed, the husband chose to couch it and I braved the bed with my daughter, whose Indian name should be One Who Thrashes Sheets and Flails Arms Sporadically. The booms and bangs had ceased and it was time to settle in to slumber. Only, wait...for some reason I wasn't tired. And, I continued to not be tired for about 4 hours more, even after I got up and decided to start cleaning out my closet to wear myself out.

Sometime after 3 a.m., I finally crashed. And, then the kids woke up at 6:30 to horrible thunderstorms that scared them both. Yeah, I was a walking advertisement for sleep deprivation today. But, the rains continued washing all the firework debris out of our yard and our street, so I guess we can be thankful for that. Although, in three more days when it is still raining, we'll be building our arc and setting sail for Austin if it is up to me.

Hope yours was a happy and shining, phobia-free 4th!


Blogger Carol said... We had the exact same evening sans my son waking up in fear. Something woke me up and I was up for about 4 hours also. Yesterday was AWFUL...I was sooo tired and the kids were soooo awake.

I tested Harrison with watching fireworks on TV. He liked them. Then about 8:45 he tells us that he would like to watch fireworks and so that he can get used to them. It was also raining, and I truly think it was a ploy to stay up later, so we didn't take him up on it. Even yesterday morning he was complaining that we didn't get to go. I don't get it!!

Oh - and the most uncanny part - I was awake thinking about my closet and yesterday spent the day buying baskets and purging, etc. That was all I had the energy to do. Weird, huh? Maybe we're twins separated at birth????

8:04 AM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

Crashing after 3am only to have thunderstorms roll in at 6:30--that has to be some kind of cosmic joke on you. No fair...

10:39 AM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Lisa said...

We dashed all hope for a fun 4th when the rain moved in here. We're in Stage 3 water restrictions right now, so the rain was a lovely sight!

Your kids are so stinkin' cute!!

1:03 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Masked Mom said...

Just when you thought you'd made it through the evening--the fireworks snuck up on you. Pretty soon your son won't be the only one with a phobia. :)

3:24 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Babs said...

aw, look at you with the cute red, white and blue dress for your daughter! and you said you didn't know how to do the girly things... looks pretty darn good from here!

10:33 PM, July 06, 2006  
Blogger LadyBugCrossing said...

Baby steps... baby steps... next year he sleeps with the earphones on!

7:19 AM, July 07, 2006  

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