Monday, June 29, 2009

Fireflies and fireworks

Anyone who knows me know that I love the 4th of July and anything patriotic. One friend dubbed me a 'patriotic nerd' and I guess that is true. :) Our town had their fireworks on Saturday night, so we went early, got a great spot and sat down to wait for it to get dark. We took sparklers, licorice and cotton candy to occupy the kids until the show started.

Incidentally, is it really wise to hand small children little flaming sticks and tell them to 'be careful?' I mean, how wise IS that?

Since the four youngest kids are terrified of thunder, we weren't sure how the fireworks show would be received. Big brother Taylor, aka pyro-boy, has initiated them somewhat with firecrackers, but still...

Here are the first reactions from Zoey and Kate:

"I'm having grave misgivings about this strange family tradition."

"Ohhhhhhhh....what was THAT?"

Jake, our outgoing little guy with the dizzying array of fears, did not enjoy last year's show, as reported in this post. He enjoyed his cotton candy and licorice, but when the first large firework BOOMED loudly, he spent the rest of the show like this:

At least he made it out of the car this year!

It was so fun to watch the bigger kids running around catching fireflies and watching 'their butts light up' (to borrow a phrase from Calvin and Hobbes, my all-time favorite comic strip). SaraGrace is the family professional when it comes to catching bugs. She had the largest collection of fireflies in her bug-catcher.

Everyone had fun except Jake! Maybe next year will be his year.
Last night we went to visit my dad as he convalesces at home. He said he was already bored, so we thought we would come and give him some company. My brother and his wife and kids were there, so we all had a good time.

How adorable is this little guy?

I'm not sure I want to know what these two were cooking up.

My mom gave all the kids an ice cream cone--ice cream with chocolate chunks in it--because she doesn't have to do their laundry. hee


trustandobey said...

Chocolate chunks all over those cute clothes???? What happens to women between the time that they will only give their children (you and me) vanilla in order to preserve the outfit and the time they hand burritos and tacos and chocolate chunk ice cream to their decked-out grand children declaring that they are only young once...let them enjoy!
Boy! Will it be fun to be grandmothers one day!!!

Chris said...

I WILL be a candy toting, chocolate ice cream (soft serve machine no less) white carpet grandma!!!

LOVE Calvin and Hobbes

Kim K. said...

How fun! I especially love Jake's reaction to the fireworks. Thank goodness you packed the safety blanket. Smart thinking. Perhaps, I had better do the same thing for Saturday's local display.

Joyful mom said...

Ooohh---gotta love Grandmas hey??? They get to give them all back so that YOU can take them home sticky and gooey :) Love it! I would do anything to have one of them around.

What sweet pics of the fireworks. Wonderful!

Holly said...

I'm just lovin' Jake's little brown toes showing out from under the blanket.
Sweet boy!
Messes do happen. Oh well.
Wonder if there will be messes in heaven. Hmmmm...there will be children in Heaven...lots of I'm going with yes messes in Heaven but no upset about them :)

Gretchen said...

I thought Kate's picture was PRICELESS!

Cami said...

Jake and Kate's pictures are soooo cute! I wish I could meet them someday. :) The adoption is coming. All the waiting is the hard part for me right now. I don't know if you've heard about this, but there is a cool organization called Krochet Kids. They make hats and sell them...along with a few shirts and stickers! It's really cool. Check out my blog for more information. Thanks!!!

Cami said...

Oh..Karin, I also wanted to let you know that above the Israel flag, you have written ISREAL! Just wanted to let you know. I wasn't sure if you meant it that way or if you mixed up the e and the a! ha

Wife of the Pres. said...

Very sweet, but why are they all bundled up??? Please tell me it is not that cold still? Oh, I pray the Lord never moves me up there. I think I would … I don't know. It would be ugly. :))) We are in the 100s here already … that is a bit too hot though.

Love the pictures!!!

Joyful mom said...

Oh my word--please do not even worry about the blog award. Heck, you sure do have enough on your plate right now. No worries at all. Some day when you are desperate for something to blog about--pull out the award :):):)
And by the way--I totally don't think you HAVE to find 15 people. Do whatever you want! It's a free country, right?

shell said...

All such cute pictures, but, the one of Jake under the blanket just steals my heart!