Tuesday, July 5, 2011

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 18

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Celebrating the 4th of July
with family and friends.


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Visiting the huge tent that
sells fireworks is always so exciting.

I love imagining the spectacle
that each potential firework
could ignite.

I almost feel like I'm doing something wrong
when I buy fireworks

because they were illegal
when I lived in Texas as a child.


It makes me feel like a rebel.


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Eating ice cream sundaes
at Nana and Poppy's house
is the sweetest part.


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Gathering at a dear friend's home to shoot of fireworks
on a summer evening is so much fun.
Even if we shoot them while it's still light out,
the kids still get a real thrill out of it.

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Of course, one of us preferred to watch
them from inside the living room window
where the popping wasn't quite as loud.

Such a sweet memory
of life with a two year old.

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I always feel deeply satisfied
when I see the carnage at the end
of the fireworks show.

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27 comments:

Amber said...

I have so many wonderful memories of shooting fireworks with my family, particularly my papaw. This time of year I really miss those days, but look forward to next year when my little one will be old enough to begin enjoying them.

elyseeswim said...

I love fireworks... we set off some fireworks in our neighbourhood this weekend as well, to celebrate Canada Day!

Kristy said...

It was quite loud, mu Aussie really didn't like it. Happy 4th of July!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love fireworks. My son still thinks they are too loud though.

Linda D. said...

Love the picture of the little one enjoying the fireworks through the window! Also, that ice cream sundae looks yummy! What a lovely way to celebrate independence day!

Sarah said...

How fun. What great photos!

Ashley Sisk said...

So much fun - we played with fireworks last night. It was soooo much fun!

Coffee Lovin' Mom said...

My kids are finally getting into it this year instead of being scared of it - finally

singedwingangel said...

Living in the country we are surrounded by the fireworks display. Our neighbor puts off BIG ones ( commercial grade) every year so we have a show in our own backyard. Plus we went to the next county's celebration.. I love the sundae pic.. and lil one in the window...

Daffy said...

The cats...while VERY patriotic are a wee bit scary looking. Justsayin

Sounds like you had a fablous time!!

hip-chick said...

the fourth is my favorite holiday!

Dixie Mom said...

I don't know why but fireworks still marvel me. Whether big or small....what they do is amazing. Looks like you had a great 4th!!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

How cute Leigh- I grew up with a house full of those Anna Lee's. :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a great series of photos. My sons, 30 and 27, still love lighting the fireworks at our family gathering. :)

Katherine said...

We were able to buy fireworks when I was little, but the state I live in now doesn't allow them. I miss them.

Sue said...

I think those home firework shows are the best!

=)

Missy said...

Ahhh fireworks. You have to love them, if you don't, I'm pretty sure you're considered un-American. :)

Some can get rather loud, but I also live in the sticks, where the loud-lovers (rednecks haha) live. :) Great pictures!

Priscilla said...

although fireworks are my favorite thing, I do love cooking for the 4th. Glad you had a good one.

Susan said...

That looks like so much fun! Love the carnage shot.

Kerry Estey Keith said...

Fireworks are banned in or county until fire restrictions are lifted. We went to a fourth party last night and the police officers showed up because the kids had SPARKLERS!

O well, the city still put on the Big display. Very fun for the children; I was happy to see their excitement. Me? I would have been happy staying out on the ranch watching the lightning.

From Tracie said...

WOW! Y'all had a lot of fireworks. I love it!

We can't set them off where we live, but the city puts on an incredible show each year.

Meggs said...

I'm so glad to have found you through my awesome friend Tracie! Thanks for inspiring me today!!! Fireworks are fabulous, by the way! They make me happy too!

Jenn said...

I love fireworks too... sadly they were banned here due to drought conditions.

nela said...

i linked a few weeks back, didn't seem to work, so here again, i'm still in!

BellaVida said...

Light graffiti makes me happy.

Elaine A. said...

My husband would be EXTREMELY jealous of your firework collection! HA!

Sky @ Capital B said...

I am so so excited to keep up with this awesome series! Just added your button to my sidebar- thanks for a unique and thoughtful place to share more than just "stuff." Hope you have an awesome week!