Thursday, July 23, 2015

Go Fourth and Sparkle

This year we got to be in Ohio visiting family for the Fourth of July.  Brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews, in-laws by extension.  I wish we had gotten a big group shot but I didn't think about it. (Not that it wouldn't have been a Herculean task to round up 24 people  into one spot at the same time anyway.)

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 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 



Simply Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your July 4th holiday. It is always nice to get to know fellow bloggers...have a nice upcoming Friday. Blessings

Lea said...

We did not have one firecracker, one sparkler or firework this year. Just too much going on to even think about it. But, looks like you and yours had plenty for all of us. Looks like a fun time!

Susan Kane said...

That is one party to remember! Fireworks are not allowed for personal use here in California. Wildfires. Oh well.

Sally said...

We watched Time Hawkins "Thats the Worst" the other night too! We were all crying, we were laughing so hard! So glad you had a good 4th, my sparkly friend!