Grace, MamaRehema herself, is hosting this patriotic Fun Monday... and this is what she wants to know:
July 4th is US Independence day, for Fun Monday, please tell how you spend your Independence Day either this year or in the past. Do you have a July 4th funny story you would like to share? Do you have a family tradition for this day? For those who are not US residents, please tell us when your country’s independence day is and share with us how you celebrate/spend it. We would love some pictures too, you can share your stories in pictures too.
The fourth of July was spent with Darling Man's family. His brother Joe lives here in town, and his brother Mark and his family lives in South Florida. They drove up Friday. In addition to them, one of Joe's daughters and her family were here from Texas. And of course the MIL and FIL were there as well. It was quite the crowd!
We gathered at Joe's house for wonderful food - grilled ribs, shrimp, potato salad, grilled asparagus, corn on the cob... with key lime/mango pie and banana pudding for dessert. Oh, was I full!!!! Unfortunately, I left home without my camera, so I have no pictures of the first part of the day. Lots of swimming, paintball shooting, eating and visiting. I had never met Joe's two girl grandchildren - they were 5 and 7 and I really wish Kylee had been there to play with them. They would have had the best time!
Darling Man had to work the night shift at the TV station, so he left around 2:30. Long about 6, I realized that the dogs needed second supper and to have their water replenished, so I left ZBoy behind and went home to take care of the dogs. And when I came back, I brought my CAMERA!
The guys had obviously been playing a lot. Mark was trying to teach ZBoy how to throw a football. Z was throwing it pretty well by the time they finished.
After the sun went down a bit, there was more swimming.
And once it was dark enough, it was time for fireworks. The municiple display might be big and beautiful, but it's so crowded and loud that I haven't been to one since I was a kid and they had just moved them from Lake Ella to the Fairgrounds. Of course, we had our own. Mark bought them from a roadside stand down around Gainesville. Nothing too big, but some were quite showy and loud.
Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to shoot fireworks, so they pretty much look like ghosts in my pictures. This was the best one. Sad, huh?
The kids had a blast though. The little kids picked out which ones would go next, and the big kids set them up and lit them. We did it in the street with plenty of room between us and the bangs.
ZBoy has always been a big fan in theory, but in reality, the fireworks are a bit loud and scary to him. It doesn't help knowing that his Uncle Matt lost an eye to home fireworks. He's still got the eye, but it's blind. So Z always keeps a very safe distance and a worried look on his face.
Finally, around 10pm, we said our goodbyes and headed for home.
Our eyes shut as soon as our heads hit our pillows. It was a long, tiring day, but a great celebration!!!