What's the 4th of July if not great summertime eats? Yummy hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, and even birthday cake to celebrate another year for a (very quiet) firecracker.
My brother-in-law's house in an ideal location for the 4th festivities: it's on a cul-de-sac that's perfect for kids to play in, ride bikes, twirl sparklers, and watch fireworks being shot off in the distance. No driving, no crowds, no worries about where to find a bathroom. (You think about these things when you've lived through almost 50 "fourths." )
The youngest sparkler (and ever so serious)
A warm, blurry glow from the sparkler
Don't let the sparkler fall on your bare toes!
A quintet of sparklers
A sparkling birthday girl
Notice the hand holding the boy's hand while he holds a sparkler. Unfortunately,
after the sparkler was done, my great-nephew thought it might taste
like a lollipop. Poor little fella burned his mouth! (He's okay, though!)
That's right...hold the sparkler down so you don't get burned...
When will all the noise be over? Firecrackers and sparklers aren't my thing.
The dutiful dads
getting worn out from keeping watch on the sparklers
My fourth's face sparkling on the fourth...love it.
I might have sparkled inside watching the oldest girl cousin with the youngest boy cousin.
Mr. Clean's wife? Sparkling teeth!
Watching the sparkler till its dying ember is finally gone.
Playing with kiddoes always makes my girl sparkle.
A mother-daughter moment amidst the sparklers
My hot flame has made me sparkle a time or two in 28 years.
We all ended the evening by watching the comedian Tim Hawkins' video
called "That is the Worst." Oh, my word. That man makes me laugh till
I wheeze. You've got to watch him! A great way to end a very sparkly