Posts Tagged ‘fourth of july’
Hey! Down in front!!
Our fourth of July weekend was just right: a parade, fireworks, a day at the pool, great food on the BBQ. I sometimes get caught up in trying to make an “event” out of the holidays, but when it comes to the 4th, I’ve realized that the traditions have sort of developed on their own. There are tons of blogs that I read out there where people actually decorate their mantles or hand-make 4th of July pennants to decorate their themed tables of food, and while it all looks picture perfect, it also seems exhausting. My family had a couple of great meals together, even without a vase full of Hot Tamales with sparklers stuck in it sitting in the middle of the table. (more…)
“And also if they had Star Wars fireworks on Hoth, they would be made out of ice. They would be ice-fireworks. They should have that. But these are super good too.”
“Right again, baby.”
As always, we went to the city park last night for fireworks. Seeing as how last year I got so many cute pictures, and the boys had so much fun when I let the boys do the picture taking, I decided to take both of our cameras last night. That way, I was guaranteed to get at least more than 20 usable pictures this year, plus, like I said, the boys could take their own pictures also. BUT, since we did take two cameras, I now have 76 usable pictures – so I’m going to greatly narrow it down for ones to post with this post.
We walked to the park (as always – we live close enough to walk, and the walk is hugely better than the hassle of trying to park). Once we got there, we met up with my step-dad and sister (and my younger brother for a very brief moment lol), then we all went over and sat with Ryan’s best friend Zada and her mom and dad and cousin, Terrik. The boys had a ton of fun running around and playing with Terrik and Zada.
Belly LOVED the fireworks. I thought she enjoyed them last year, but oh man, that was nothing compared to this year. She was yelling “Whoa!!” and covering her eyes and mouth, and screaming and clapping in delight.
I may have been here in the US for over 8 years now, but I am still not used to this whole “people setting off their own fireworks” thing. It makes me nervous – very nervous. I’ve gotten a little more accepting of it, but that doesn’t make me a thrilled participant by any stretch! That being said, John is definitely a participant, and I try. The mosquitoes chased me inside eventually, but I hung out with Eric for a while first! He isn’t quite sure what to think, and I tried to play it calm, cool, and collected so that he wouldn’t follow my lead and become secretly terrified.
We personally only had a little – a couple fountains, a couple little novelty things, but my favorite…the one that was definitely Mommy approved!…was the sparklers. THESE I remember from my childhood! Eric wasn’t sure about it at first; he kept looking at it going, “But it’s going to get hot!” We assured him that, if he held it away from his body and only touched the metal part at the bottom, he would be just fine. After watching the first one with trepidation, he eventually got into it…a little. I think he’ll probably be a bit more enthusiastic next year!
About halfway through, just as it was starting to get truly dark, some of our neighbors (who have none of my fear regarding fireworks!) started to put on a show! It’s a good thing Danny’s deaf, because he was snoozing away in his room and definitely would’ve been woken up by all the racket otherwise. It was pretty, though, and I’m proud to say that I didn’t run screaming for cover every time one went off overhead! (more…)
What a different it makes when they are this age! I’m totally serious. Not only did they have a blast outside most of the day, they were well behaved.
We had quite a few peeps come over for Todd’s famous smoked brisket. Can I just tell you that my man can cook some meat!?! Apparently, everyone else thought so too. They kept coming back for 2nds & 3rds! Luckily, we were able to spare a bit of meat. Here is the day in photos…
Diva Sofi…striking the same pose as Minnie.
Nothing is quite as festive as a parade! My friend and neighbor, Ashley, hosted the Parade and Popsicle party, and the only thing that could have made it better was a cooler to sit in! It was a sweaty, sweaty parade, but we had a great time! Everyone brought things to decorate with, then we threw them on a table and went to work making our bikes look like symbols of freedom!
Please remember all of those who are currently in the service, who have served, and those who have lost their lives serving our country. The sacrifices that the military make for us are amazing and very much appreciated. It is so easy to get lost in the “fun” of the day that we forget why we take this day to celebrate. So be sure to thank a soldier today!
Don’t ask me how, but I’ve known the lyrics to Lee Greenwood’s class “God Bless The USA” for as long as I remember. I couldn’t think of a better day than the 4th of July to share it with all of you. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to pull up American Idol, Season 2′s rendition for your viewing pleasure since Mr. Greenwood’s music video doesn’t necessarily represent the United States I love and live in. That’s one of the beauties of living in this country: to each his own.
How much more patriotic can you get?!? American. American and Filipino. In between. Or maybe not in between; maybe I’ve come to the point in my life when both perspectives co-exist successfully within me. How do I know? (more…)