Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th!

We came back from vacation just in time for some 4th of July fun!

On Sunday evening our neighborhood had its annual fireworks extravaganza .... which includes lots of desserts, chatting, and of course, fireworks.  It also - for our neighborhood - includes making geysers out of mentos and diet coke.  Yes, you read that right.  In case you are unfamiliar with this, here's a little video to help you get the picture:
{Obviously, the kids think this is GREAT fun.}
Getting ready for the show to start
Doing sparklers...
Don't worry they were closely supervised ...
Aren't they purty?

The next day (the 4th) we had no real plans so we invited over a few friends who were also without plans ... what is it about impromptu fun that is just so... fun? 
We all commented how this was the first 4th that we could remember where it wasn't miserably hot and humid and we actually enjoyed being outside!  (Heat and humidity are my LEAST favorite things about summer, can you tell??)
 I can't believe this cutie is 4 months old already!
 Audrey got busy organizing games for all the kiddos.  (She was in her glory.... people thinking all her ideas were wonderful ... haha)  Actually she mostly did a great job of keeping the kids occupied!
"Mr. Chad" broke out the sparklers and they were a hit.


 I love this.  Carter is too busy watching other people... he doesn't even realize his sparkler is burned out.
 No, we did not give this chick a sparkler.  No way. 

We also did a few fireworks.  Just because ... well, because it is July 4th and that's what you're supposed to do, right?
This picture cracks me up.   Run Chad run!
We had to do fireworks before dark because there were a few little ones who needed to get to bed!

As dark approached I took Audrey & Carter to the "big" fireworks in town.
We went over to our neighbor's church parking lot and had a perfect view of the fireworks ... and it only took us 5 minutes to get home. 
Happy Birthday America!

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