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Saturday, July 05, 2008

4th of July Celebrations

We had a really enjoyable 4th of July yesterday with our friends at their annual gathering: We drank many beers, ate WAY too much food, and lit shit up! Here I am, enjoying a frosty beverage with the firework launch pad in the background. It was a gray and stormy day here in South Florida, so it rained off and on all afternoon and evening, but it was probably for the best that the area was wet, rather than dry -- no need for any more brush fires. Here's Jerry getting to light off some of his "afternoon" fireworks.
Jerry feels about fireworks the way some people feel about religion or politics -- he's passionate about TNT. He purchased all his fireworks for this year's festivities back in early May, and they have been sitting in our bedroom for 2 months so he could admire and discuss them as frequently as possible. Yesterday morning was like Christmas day for him, and he was plain giddy. But in between the afternoon fireworks and the evening fireworks (aka, the "real" ones), he also got to share in holding Baby Miller, who was dressed in his 4th of July finest.
At the end of the night, the combination of alcohol and fireworks is always a little dicey, but thankfully, the boys get so excited about their fireworks that they usually set down their beers and focus on the explosives, and we haven't lost any limbs in the last few years. But, here they are shooting Roman candles into the lake. Pretty, right? You should've seen the "big" fireworks. Yeah, we pretty much put on a show equal to a small town's arsenal. It's awesome.
At the end of the night, we were all pooped. I was tired from getting up early for the race and then drinking so many beers; Jerry was worn out for lighting off two Rubbermaid containers worth of fireworks, and Scooter was pooped from running around all day and then freaking out during the fireworks, so we all went home and crashed.

Today, we don't have anything planned -- I'm kinda thinking of going to get my hair cut -- and I think we'll just chillax. Hope everyone else's 4th was spectacular!

17 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Sounds like fun. Both of the kids were at someone else's house last night so we watched olympic trials. Guess it's a sign of my age!!

Erin said...

It was a good time. Please send me your Miller pictures. You are turning into quite the photographer. The roman candles picture is cool! Maybe that could be a hobby for you...oh wait, it's me that needs one.

PS-thanks for the help cleaning up last night.

Marcy said...

LMAO!! Men and fireworks, I tell ya! Luckily for me they are illegal in NY so Mr McG doesn't bother going over state to get them. Otherwise he'd probably have both his arms blasted off. Looked like a fabulous time! ;D

RazZDoodle said...

Always good when no one loses an appendage or 2. Glad to hear you had a good 4th.

Ryan said...

That last picture is very excellent. Since when do you take action shots? I thought you only specialized in people and Scooters? But seriously I would like a copy of that last one.

keith said...

I totally slept through the 4th of July. I fully expect an order of deportation in the mail on Monday.

But I'll tell them Jess whooped it up for the equivalent of 3 of me, and they will let it slide.

USA!

Ted said...

I really like the last picture. Awesome! You are an exceptional photographer. At first, I had thought there was some kind of laser fights from the Star Wars flick.
It sounds like you had a terrific 4th of July.

Paul said...

Sounds like good times! That is some serious fire.

Nicole said...

The boys look they are having fun but it also looks a little scary. Happy 4th

D10 said...

Looks like you guys had a great 4th. Nice job on the race too. I am so jealous you got to meet up with Viv.

teacherwoman said...

Looks like a fun time! Our fire works were so minimal to our neighbors 2 hour show! haha!

J~Mom said...

Happy late 4th! Fireworks are illegal here as well..bummer! I remember buying them as a child in Oklahoma and having lots of fun like that!

Viv said...

Looks like great times! That is some serious explosions going on over there, I thought I felt the ground shake all the way over here. That Baby Miller is a cutie!! He is starting to give me baby fever.

Shannon said...

I only wish I could be in two places at once so I could have seen them. :)

sRod said...

Looks like a spectacular night. It got really wet on the beach at night, but they still set off the fireworks at 9pm...awesome view from the hotel room.

lifestudent said...

I love the WTF face on Baby Miller! Sometimes kids say a whole lot...way before they actually say any words :)

P.O.M. said...

Fireworks are illegal in Newport Beach, but somehow the boys managed to get some and we lit them off their dock. So fun.

What is it with men and fire?