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Not Just For the Fourth of July

Not Just For the Fourth of July

July 27, 2008

fireworks

Because when you are famous you get fireworks whenever you want.

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Back story:

I got an email the other day, along with a gazillion other people, which asked : How can you continue to write about your life as if it is a normal-every-day-writing-just-for-myself life when you are receiving, in some cases, enough monetary payments to live off of your blog?

I responded, nicely I thought, that I know almost no people who are able to live solely off of their ad revenue. But apparently she said she can no longer relate to me, because of the things I blog about.

Considering that the bulk of my posts over the past few months have been about baseball or driving to baseball, I am thinking perhaps she has some misinformation.

I want to make it clear, baseball is an equal opportunity sport. You do not have to be rich and famous to play Little League. The same goes for driving a mini-van.

I hope that clears up any confusion.

*****

Yesterday a town near us was having fireworks. I was not in the mood to go. First of all because fireworks are late at night, at the time when the little kids are usually in bed and I am “off-duty” Second, because I was still recovering from some sort of plague that I brought home from Blogher. Third, because my husband has all these really great ideas and then usually I have to be the one who does the follow through, and see numbers one and two above.

I grudgingly decided to go. With a capital G.

We had to park about a mile away. Then we waited in line for 35 minutes to buy the kids ice cream cones that cost an arm and a leg. We found a grassy hill to sit on and I pulled the blankets and bug spray out of my bag of tricks, as my husband calls it. Then we listened to “When are the fireworks going to start?” for the next hour.

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The fireworks started and we lay back on our blankets, limbs all tangled together, and the kids cheered and clapped. The hassle of getting there seemed unimportant. It wasn’t too late at night. I wasn’t too sick. Tossing the blankets and bug spray into my bag really was not that big of deal.

Too quickly the fireworks ended and we began the trek back to the car. Miles was waving the glowstick he found on road in front of his face. He suddenly broke out into song.

“It’s the best day, eeeevvvvvveerrrrrrr”

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Leave it to SpongeBob Square Pants to sum up the evening.

Posted by Chris @ 8:54 pm  

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Comments

  1. EG says:

    You have a lot of good pictures, but the ones you get of those two together are a notch above.

  2. Victoria says:

    Oooooooh…. ahhhhhhhh.

    There, sound affects for the fireworks!

  3. Sonya says:

    Is baseball over?

    Chris says: Hahahahaha. Uh,no. Does it ever end?

  4. mandi says:

    Beautiful fireworks! Glad your famous and shared them! And baseball is only over most peoples head if it is a fly ball!

  5. Crisanne says:

    Isn’t it funny how they remember most annoying things, but can’t remember something so simple as wiping their butt or flushing a toilet??!!??

  6. Claudious says:

    I tried a super firworks display during the day, it just wasn’t the same.

    I love fireworks, but I don’t love a lot of public fourth of july firework shows, it sounds like this one was perfect, if I’m going to see them, I want them to be fifty feet above my head and wonderful.

    Great pictures by the way. Thank you. (What is this… base… ball?) hehe j/k

  7. Debbie says:

    Beautiful photos! I personally find fireworks to be much over-rated. The waiting and the crowds and the traffic and the bugs. Not my favorite.

  8. jodi says:

    Remembering all of the money we paid for Little League registration, concessions, gas to get there and back, meals out because the thought of going home after a late game and fixing something for dinner was a tad overwhelming, motel fees for All Stars and for all of the little things that I’m forgetting wealth and LL really don’t go hand and hand unless you realize that LL just sucks up money like a vacuum cleaner.

    My children are older than yours but I still read your blog every day. It makes me smile. Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. xianfern says:

    Love the Spongebob reference, the second I saw the qoute, I started singing it in my head.. oh what a sad sad life I lead!!

  10. Deputy's Wife says:

    The things I really don’t want to do with the kids are always the ones that turn out to be the best time.

    I guess it is a good thing I am bitchy about things. Otherwise we would never have fun.

  11. CJ says:

    Baseball,baseball,your health,your kids, baseball, going to Blogher, your kids….that’s what I remember. Maybe she’s childless, never sick, afraid to fly, and British? And Cricket is her all consuming obligation? Oh, well…lots of people seem to find you relate-able, even if you are a millionaire.

  12. Chris says:

    I, for one, think they should pay you lots more…..I love reading your blog and personally feel you are worth every penny that anyone pays you. Screw the negative people. They are only jealous as I’m sure you already know. Hey, it takes work to write, so, you go girl! Ask for a raise! As long as you are writing……I’ll be reading! ;)

  13. Michelle says:

    I’m glad we’re not the only family that regularly quotes Spongebob in our daily lives.

  14. Brittany says:

    Your little girl is so amazingly cute. Do you realize the last eight posts or so weren’t about baseball. You might be making it out of baseball season alive! YAY! haha. Although I will miss the baseball stories.

  15. Kelly says:

    I don’t want or need to relate to everything I read. That’s how I educate myself and keep my mind open.

    Since I wasn’t blessed with your baby-making abilities, your blog helps me drive a mini-van & experience baseball vicariously. I do relate to how you love your kids and hope that if I had had children that I would be a fun mom like you seem to be.

    I read other blogs that I can’t relate to either to live vicariously through them as well. Just like the books I read, they serve as an escape from my own life. I do choose blogs that amuse me, and that I think are well written.

    Glad you went and enjoyed the fireworks…they’re one of my favorite things eeeevvvvvveerrrrrrr!

  16. Lindsay says:

    Hmmm, so much to say! Apologies in advance.

    1. Good for that person for not reading if they can’t relate/don’t get a kick. God only knows about the email, but whatevs. I have only discovered blogs since May but have already found that some I would read for a few weeks and then find not to my taste afterall, so best not to read. It’s a fine conclusion to reach and then move on sista.
    2. I thought only my mom said “off-duty”. HAHHAHAHAH.
    3. My husband always has great ideas about how we should bake together when we are bored. We haul everything out, he cracks an egg and then disappears until there is nothing but a clean kitchen and a bunch of cookies waiting to be eaten. MEN! Seriously.
    4. Love, love LOVE the pics. Awesome post.

  17. Sleeping Mommy says:

    I’m thinking I’m not going to let the boys do baseball. Ever. And not just cuz of your posts, because I attended quite a few of my step-brothers’ baseball games when I was a teenager. Not my idea of how I want to spend the next 15 years.

  18. other side of the river says:

    Just in case you were keeping a list, I don’t read your blog because I’m particularly interested in baseball. I read your blog because you have six more children than I do and seemingly still function as a civilised human with a sense of humor and a gentle touch.

    More power to ya.

  19. Dawn says:

    I’m sorry. I just can’t relate.

    MWA HA HA HA HA HA!

    Lovely photos. And isn’t it great when something you thought was going to be a pain turns out to work so well? It’s a crap shoot with kids. Outings you thought would be a walk in the park turn into WWIII and then you take them to something like this, expecting late-night meltdowns and they are all fine.

  20. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    I read your blog because I love reading your blog! And I can relate to a whole lot of what you have to say, even though I’m old enough to be your mother. Often I’ve “been there” and often I say “oh my gosh!” . . . keep it up.

  21. Kathy says:

    How do you not just eat her up every day? Adorable.

    And we had a practice baseball game tonight. Because, you know, we had 4 weeks off there so it’s time to start again!!

  22. amy says:

    Not quite sure how to respond to the reader who cannot relate to you anymore (you rich blogger you!) But I cracked up when you said that “you do not have to be rich and famous to play little league!” That so reminded me of another parent asking me a couple of years ago:”How did you get to be the Vice President of the PTA!” Ummmmm my standard answer:”Nobody else wanted the job…Trust me, it is soooooooo not a popularity contest!” As if.
    You are about as real as it gets except for the unreality of 7 kids and everything that you do!

  23. t in h says:

    Famous? Really? Huh. And to think, I “knew” you back when you only had two blog entries under your belt. Though what that signifies, I have no idea….

    Your baseball is the equivalent of our football (soccer). Two trainings a week, year round and tournaments nearly every weekend. It’s not a sport here, it’s a flamin’ religion.

  24. Zoot says:

    I can’t relate to you because you talk about your kids. And because you’re blonde. And you have a blog - that part really makes you confusing to me.

    (Great response by the way.)

  25. CathyC says:

    I know for a fact that I am luckier than anyone because my neighbor gets fireworks from NH and we have been having fireworks EVERY Thursday on our street since the 4th (except last Thurs due to rain) so I really don’t know how I even keep my friends since I am so awesome ;)
    So did that woman mean that to have a “true blog” you cannot have any ads? Well then I’m in with her (hee hee) because I am ad free! I can’t even add a widget to my side bar, forget about an ad!
    I love your blog!

  26. Brigitte says:

    I’ve read every post and am a loyal reader, as you often make me laugh or touch my heart. EVEN though I have a sneaking suspicion (though we live fairly close) that it’d be better to remain an imaginary e-friend than to actually bother to go stalk you in person, as we have about nothing in common but that bitter sarcasm that comes through in your posts every so often! :-)

    Fireworks is one of the few things I let my little girl stay up late for, she loves them so much.

  27. Nicole says:

    Awwww…nice re the best day ever! And I love your blog…..I check it every day. I totally relate to your life…sort of….lol…I am a SAHM to 4….and I love your writing.

  28. Amanda says:

    OK, how can you not relate to the crap involved to taking kids to and from baseball and now fireworks? Even if your kids aren’t in baseball, you just insert the insane schedule for whatever they are involved in.

  29. Gigi says:

    LOVE the baseball stories….keep ‘em coming!

    Also, the picture of your daughter and husband is *perfect*.

  30. Bobbie says:

    Okay, no complaining about baseball (and for the record, my younger son is the baseball player) until you have a hockey player. Eleven years ago it was getting up at 5 a.m. for practices; now that he’s 17, it’s driving to another state two hours away for a game EVERY WEEKEND from October until April….

  31. ashley.marie says:

    Those pictures are absolutely fantastic. Wow.

  32. Melanie says:

    I LOVE the pictures you get of your daughter and husband together. You can tell that baby girl LOVES her daddy!

    Baseball for us is over for the year. It ended a few weeks ago. I find myself wondering what we’re going to do now that my son isn’t playing anymore. We’ve been playing baseball since March!

  33. megan says:

    wow, i wonder why your blog is so controversial? or maybe it just seems that way. all these people complaining about money and crayon colors (or was it paint?) and the way you talk…good grief! i personally find your blog very entertaining and enjoyable. i first heard of another popular blogger on your blog, and went to check her out, but i really didn’t care for her blog much, so i haven’t been back. but yet i didn’t feel the need to send her an email and tell her so. i figured somehow she’d survive without that information. so i guess to each his own, but i think you are fabulous…and funny. fabulously funny!

  34. gorillabuns says:

    Obviously the person who is spreading the glorious love, doesn’t have advertising on their blog or have a blog or they would know, the revenue affords you an expense cup of coffee every three months.

  35. Katie says:

    Readers are such fickle people. Good call on the fireworks.

  36. peepnroosmom says:

    I love your blog! I read it every day. So what if you are getting money for the ads. That why they are there, right? To make some money. It’s not like you are tricking us and laughing hysterically every time somebody clicks on your blog.

    It’s the little things we do with our kids that they seem to remember the most. Miles will probably the fireworks show forever, now.
    Years ago when Peep was little we went walking in the woods and got lost. We had to crawl under an old fence to get around a bunch of briar’s. When we got out of the woods we had to walk though somebody else’s neighborhood to get home. Do you know what he remembers about the walk? That we passed a burned down house and an ice cream truck on our way home!

  37. Keri says:

    Chris - I love the moments you are always able to capture, but somehow the ones with your daughter & her dad always make me tear up. What a special relationship she must have -with both you & your husband (and her brothers, I suspect) being the only girl….

    I always find your writing very down to earth, easy to relate to, maybe thats why I keep coming back. I feel like I know you based on your writing.

  38. Ashley says:

    Is THAT what I have to look forward to? Developmental stages in children can so be seen in cartoons. We are on Dora now. I wonder when Spongebob happens…

  39. Marie says:

    Chris, their loss, our gain ! i read your blog because you simply amaze me with all that you do !

  40. Dianna says:

    You just, I don’t even know. You have such a wonderful family and amazing photos and an ability to make us feel like we’re right there with you. Regardless of what that person said, I do feel like I can relate in some way to the majority of your posts. A big reason I keep reading!

  41. Kiersten says:

    Chris, I love your writing, your wit, and your genuine, no bullshit nature. Thanks for sharing your world. I hope one day you CAN live off the ad revenue from your blog. It’s really a gem.

  42. eko says:

    LOVE the pic of hub and beautiful daughter child :D

    I came onto the internet with rudeness abounding on a private list, but came to find most other places to be not so harsh. It has changed again, and I think it is like driving a car - people get behind a *screen* and anonymously rev their engines and get on your tail end. I think more that people are called out for their dirty words/behavior to others on the internet the better off we’ll all be. I think the very email that was sent to you is misplaced anger about childhood issues of the writers - and they (he/she) needs to grow up and/or get some serious head shrinkage!

  43. Wyliekat says:

    I do read a number of blogs where the bloggers receive some kind of funds for their work. Frankly, the ads don’t bother me. What does get on my nerves from time to time is the self-referential stuff. Which may not be the right term for it, but it’s the “I was on TV” or “I was on the radio” or “I’m about to be published in a magazine” stuff.

    Hey - your blog is about your life, so this stuff is all fair ball. But it’s not the same kind of content, I gotta say. It’s irritating for this reader because it’s not the same kind of “I relate” or “I don’t relate, but I sympathize/find funny/feel bad” that you’d normally have when reading a blog.

    So yeah - whoever wrote that was squeezing grapes from lemons and should suck it up. But I get her point, on some level.

  44. Tara Livesay says:

    The not being able to relate thing … wow … I think that is crazy shallow.

    All over the world there are people with MORE than us — but much more importantly, people with LESS than us — so if I cannot relate I just check out? That is so lame.

    I cannot relate to poverty, but the only way anything would ever change would be to enter in and attempt to get what life is like from anothers perspective. A comment like that sounds like jealousy to me.

  45. LeeAnn says:

    How you make a living is not important to me. I love your blog and get a kick out of the photos you post. I laugh all the time about your life, in a good way and I am so glad that my son has outgrown LL baseball….of course I’m a soccer mom, now! Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing, I love it.

  46. gwendomama says:

    i was going to say something to you at blogher about that, about how i can no longer relate to you becausee i hate baseball. but i didn’t say anything because you had that invisibility cloak on and i already had my arm around you and was getting funny looks for that and if i had started talking to you it would have sealed my reputation as the crazy mutterer. you, being invisible and all.
    and that plague you brought back from SF? i’ve got news for you - it’s called not dressing warmly enough.

  47. Sue @ My Party of 6 says:

    It is hard for me to remember sometimes that the hassle of getting there (with multiple small people) actually IS worth the trouble. Maybe it’s because sometimes it’s not, but you never which if those times it will be until you go ;-) But fireworks are almost always a hit here. (Great pictures!)

  48. Joy H says:

    I can TOTALLY RELATE…..bundle of kids, check / All-Star baseball, check / blonde, check…..ok, so that means you ned to keep writing.

  49. bunny says:

    Aw, she probably meant to send that email to Dooce. ;-)

  50. caroline says:

    In response to the person who said she can’t relate to you anymore….If your blog was not well written and interesting to look at and read no one would read it. regardless of how many ads you had. Congratulations for finding ways to make money and stay home with your kids. people who don’t know you who aren’t related to you want to read about your life every day? KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

  51. Lisa Lisa says:

    It sounds like you had a really nice time. Your little girl is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    P.S. I love that song! It’s the best day EVVVVEEEEER!!! Now it will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day :o)

  52. rs1139 says:

    what a silly email. that poor woman probably spent more time being upset about what you (and anybody else that got the brunt of it) do successfully - write about your quotidian life and make us all feel more connected in an increasingly emotionally-disconnected world - than what she could have used to do something meaningful for her in her own life. that would be like telling a journalist that his business is selfish, too: finding out the news that interests him, asking the questions that interest him, and writing it in a way that he finds interesting - and getting paid to do it. the audacity! … as a journo, let me add an ‘or she’ to all of the above, as well as a ‘thank you’ to my boss for my paycheck.

    i don’t have kids. (i am closer to still being one than having any.) i’m not even married. but i got addicted to your foodblog which transferred into the occasional checking of this one, and now i love this one. i have no reason to relate to baseball or minivans, except that my little brothers are frequently in them - they are all a far cry from my hyper-urban city life. but the little things you write about every day make ME happy, inspire ME to look at the world around me a little carefully, and maybe even to look a little less outraged when i get shoved around on the subway because maybe that woman who just stepped on my foot and stole my place on the hand-rail has her own blog that makes a difference to people, or maybe she just makes a difference to those she sees up close and personal in non-subway-thrashing incidents. and that’s enough for me to realize maybe i’ve been taking up too much room anyway and scoot over. if you can make money off of that too? good for you. i’d be the first reader to send in a personal check.

  53. Jessica says:

    That was one of your best :)

  54. Tania says:

    OMG Chris you get PAID for writing? Oh the nerve! What sort of socialist utopia do we live in if people actually get paid for doing things they’re good at? Does that make you (gasp, gasp, shudder) an A-U-T-H-O-R (the thought is even too horrible to put into words)? Oh the horror of it all!

    Geez uptight-person-who-wrote-to-Chris-with-your-panties-in-a-wad your jealousy stands out like a beacon - you might want to have some therapy for envy issues.

    In my opinion as long as bloggers declare their interests (ie “I’m blogging today about Wii Fit because the Wii company gave me a free one and asked me to plug it”) then I think that’s what’s called normal free market isn’t it?

    But I did have to laugh at the commenter who mentioned Dooce. :)

    Love the father/daughter photo.

  55. Bonna says:

    A good read is a good read. A friend of mine introduced me to your blog about 2 years ago and I have been hooked ever since. I find it amazing that you have a full life with 7 kids and still have a sense of humor,, with a dash of sarcasm thrown in. It is great seeing your little people grow up. I have two and there are times I feel like I am about to snap, crackle, or pop before the day is out! I agree, the outings we dread end up being the most fun. For those who can’t relate, oh well move on to something else. Everything just ain’t (not a typo) for everybody. Chris, please continue doing what you do well. As for the naysayers, they can just read something else. They have that funny thing called choice and/or free will. Whatever you want to call it, it’s their decision. Their loss. Our gain. Happy blogging!

  56. julie says:

    I always hate all the work it takes to get there too, then I am so glad we went when it is all over. Even if I am the only one who packs the blankets and bug spray also. Great post. The pic of your daughter and husband is very sweet.

    Julie

  57. Erin says:

    I love those “best days ever”!

    Also, feel free to make all the money you want. Having seven kids involved in youth sports myself I could use an extra income just to cover sports fees, sports equipment, gas and mileage, right? If some hater can’t stand that you make money from your writing, she can lump it. More power to you.

  58. Heather Scholfield says:

    I love your stuff but also have trouble relating to you. Heck- you write well and express the things I wish I could say. You’ve got a bunch of kids who look happy and I’ve got only 4 kids who I can barely keep feed and watered. So yeah, it is hard to relate but its because of your awesomeness. I’ll keep reading and try to boost your income some more!

  59. Maria says:

    I love that song. My hubby and six kids and I just returned from vacation and I am catching up on your blog. We were returning from the beach all sandy and yucky because we were chased off the beach by the lifeguards and a thunderstorm, not in that order. We stopped for soft pretzels on the way home to appease the disgruntled masses and my four year old gave a big sigh and whispered, “This is the perfect day.”

    PS - My blog is written for our little local newspaper and I am jealous of your ad revenue, such as it is.

  60. Lorena says:

    LOVE your blog. I only have 4, always wished for more…Anyway, I find the two things I hear around here are:

    1. It’s the best day eeeeverrrr…
    2. This is the WORST day of my life.

    No happy medium around here.

  61. Andi says:

    Gee, I have no kids, no husband, know nobody who plays baseball, would never own a Nikon camera (CANON! CANON! CANON!) and do not even live in the States. I guess I can’t say I relate at all, and yet I love your blog . . . perhaps I live vicariously through you, and would not hate to someday find myself in a similar situation?

    Except for the Nikon part.