Friday, July 4, 2008

232 years ago...

America was 'born'.


Growing up, I don't really remember our family attending large, commercial firework displays on the Fourth of July. The pyrotechnics primarily consisted of my dad lighting small 'ground blooms', 'smoke bombs', and 'snakes'. My brother and I always got to do 'sparklers', as well. Endless frustration ensued with the sparklers each year as I attempted to 'spell' out my name in the air with the fizzing sparks. I don't know if I have just perfected the art of quickly signing my lengthy moniker over the years, or if the sparklers today are built to burn longer, because although I am now able to accomplish the feat, I never remember being able to make it all the way through the 9 letters as a child.

Our current family celebrations on the 4th are similarly simple. Barbeque, watermelon, red, white and blue attire...
big blanket spread on the front of my mom's lawn at dusk so we can enjoy the neighbors' amateur, yet impressive (and I'm sure quite expensive!), firework displays. A day spent as a family that is centered around a celebration of our great country. (for although it may not currently be 'PC'--I am VERY proud to be an American!)
It's certainly not every day that I would classify an evening filled with very loud explosions as blissfully relaxing.

5 comments:

Heather said...

Cute pics. I didn't even manage the r/w/b attire this year. Hannah did have a shirt from last year, but I never even got Old Navy t's and refuse to have them wear ones with past years on them even though there are a million that would fit--Old Navy has a racket going there. Even with the low $5 price, I'm sure they make hand over fist on those. What does hand over fist mean--did I even use it correctly? Anyway...I digress. Have a great vacation, and Dale said tornadoes are more of a problem in the spring than summer--we were there in May when we had the problems--just to ease your mind a little.

annaliese said...

oh my--we just threw together these outfits from whatever was in their closets--I think we did the old navy thing that one year with you guys, but haven't since. i agree--quite a racket!!! ian has been wearing that same flag shirt for a few years, i think lol--at least it isn't dated :)
*googled 'hand over fist'--they seem to think it comes from nautical origins...like hauling on a rope 'to make progress'...later coming to mean progress in terms of lots of money (like grabbing it with 'hand', then pocketing that 'fist'ful of money!* so, yes, i think you used it correctly :)

thanks for the tornado reassurance! see you soon!

Dana said...

I have to say that I am a bit disconcerted by the fact that your youngest has the ability to become transparent. (See photo) Yikes. Best not to tell people about that, unless you want the Men in White Coats wrapping your house in a bubble like in E.T. - or Evie will end up having a superhero movie made about her...

But anyway, Yay America! =D

annaliese said...

hey! i could market her--like a traveling circus show kind of thing...hmmm....or perhaps the fact that marketing her odd talent crossed my mind is more disconcerting:)

Dee said...

Yes, simple times were my gig growing up too. We were thrilled to have a sparkeler, smoke bombs, snakes and my favorite the parachute ones. We ate penny candy when we could afford it too. Glad to hear you had a nice Fourth.