I hope your Independence Day was as AWESOME as ours! We had a pretty big gathering with my Mom and Dad, 11 Kids and 21 Grandkids, along with a couple of family friends. We started off the morning by attending our church’s annual flag raising ceremony by our local boy scouts (very patriotic) and pancake breakfast. From there, we went to the zoo! Woot! This has become somewhat of a tradition over the last 7 years. By the time we left, we were all hot, sweaty (it was only 103F that day…) and exhausted! But it’s so much fun!!
After the zoo, we went home to nap and shower. Then later in the afternoon, we met back up at my brother’s house for swimming and a bbq. The food was awesome and the pool was perfect! His house is strategically situated between a church parking lot and the fire department (you can see it in the background here). So, we have the perfect place to set off my brother’s red neck fireworks show (yes, we got permission from the church to use their parking lot) and hope we don’t need the nice boys from the fire department to douse any flames! My brother tries to get July 4th for his leave from the Army every year because his fireworks are his crowning glory! We set up about 20 launchers and everyone lights them at the same time. The result is super entertaining! So far, nobody has lost any eyebrows, but we’ve come close!
Before we set off the big ones, we let the kiddos do sparklers, lady bugs and whatever other little things they can handle. My brother started gathering up fireworks for the kiddos and our mom mentioned that he might want to give them the small ones. His reply was, “These ARE the small ones!” Hah!
This was the first time my littlest one seemed interested in lighting fireworks, and she did so good!