Sunday, July 04, 2010

Our Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy
by George M. Cohan
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

We Skyped with our Yankee Doodle Dandy, Ryan, this morning. This time we used the webcam and could see each other and talk. Sooo awesome to see him. The kids all sang Happy Birthday to him. Then they completely froze up and wouldn't say a word. argh. It actually became funny to all of us.

So...although we weren't physically together today, we 'saw' each other and talked to each other.
All of us.
Yesterday we went to a friends' house for a cook-out and then to fireworks. The fireworks here are amazing! They went for a full 35 minutes and the grand finale was gorgeous.

Tonight, the teenager put on his annual extravaganza. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes, but it's all part of the experience. Right? Hopefully we covered Kate with enough bug spray so she didn't get bitten.
When does the show start?

Jordan shows off his serious road rash from a Big Wheel incident

Displaying the old fashioned candy to heighten the nostalgia

Another shot of the road rash, which he thinks makes him look tough

The teenager displays his collection

"...and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there..."

The teenager shows off his cache. We cracked up over how the angle of this shot makes him look like a giant.

"That's real nice, son, but this here is what I carry." (Yes, the infamous potato gun came out of retirement today)

The teenager's show

The girls, eating their pixie stix. Yum...


Lori said...

Oh man, I knew we should have come to your house to celebrate! Looks like a ton of fun!!

So glad you got to talk to and SEE Ryan. So stinkin' cool. Gotta love technology when it all works right!

Super duper great photos, as usual. Love all those sweet faces!

sara said...

what did we do before skype and cell phones?

great fire works....we actually didn't see any, I was too tired to go out after our BBQ.

pray for me today. I am so stinkin sad Alyssa is leaving.

Tori said...

It looks like you had fun! So glad you were able to "see" Ryan on his birthday!
Love the nostalgic candy. Just bought some of those wax "pop" bottles for my kids a coupl weeks ago. They thought they were great.
How did the teenager become such a giant?! That shot was great! I think my very favorite has to be the spud gun. What a great dad!! :)

Kristin Ferguson said...

So, you got your skype thing up and going and haven't skyped me yet? hmmm...

Tell Taylor that I want to come to the fireworks show next year! It looked awesome!!!

We're at the lake. I promise to post lots of water pictures later...just for you!


Kim K. said...

Beautiful pics. I'm so glad you were able to talk with Ryan.

Happy Independence day!

Adeye said...

Wow, that's quite a show!!!! Love the precious family memories you're making with your sweeties.

James, Dawn and Family said...

What great pictures! The kids get cuter & cuter! Skype rocks!

Gretchen said...

So glad you had a great fourth! I would say that your son did a great job with the fireworks display.