The 4th of July (formerly known as Independence Day) is one of my favorite holidays. For many of us it means friends, barbecues and fireworks. Hopefully it doesn’t mean a fire as many houses in our area experienced. For me, it always means fun and a reminder of the freedom that I have to worship my Creator! Our family began our Independence celebration on the 3rd by hosting a barbecue. I decorated with red, white and blue theme. On the menu was mesquite chicken, homemade cupcakes and fresh squeezed lemonade (19 LEMONS by HAND!). Don’t they look so YUMMY!
The next day, our neighborhood held it’s first annual 4th of July Neighborhood Block Party! It was a BLAST! We met many new neighbors and friends. I met a fellow blogger and homeschooling mom visiting her in-laws. I was so blessed that God did that for us. It was nice to connect and share our vision of training our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord!
Everyone was dressed and ready for the festivities. This is our neighbor’s granddaughter who proclaimed that she was drinking water because it was the best! So cute! This is a cute and handsome 2 year old. He was calling for mama when I took his picture. We quickly found his family and it turns out they homeschool! Yep, I made a new friend. After eating our share of burgers, hot dogs, salads and cupcakes the REAL festivities began!
The kids started running toward the neighbor’s truck where a large display of fireworks were set out ready for the festivities. The Boy decided that he needed to light his OWN firework so he and his dad went to the store and returned with 2 BIG fireworks for him to light. It’s a good thing that I am used to my risk taking husband and son or I would have had a panic attack right then and there!
Of course with any gathering, you have the fireworks that we are not SUPPOSED to set off in Oregon. And they were awesome, that is until they started blowing over the trees and houses, with shake roofs. Luckily, no fire and the area is still wet and green! PHEW! The fun ended for us about 10:15ish. Our neighbor’s kids stayed up until 1 am shooting firecrackers, more like bombs. I’m so glad this holiday is over until next year!
One thing that saddened me was that the kids outside at 1 am decided that it was time to graffiti our neighborhood with their LOVELY choice of words. I didn’t realize it until my son was asking for black paint to remove the bad words from the road. Thank goodness for water and soap! Yikes! Next time I’m not going to be so nice and make them clean it up!
Hope your family had a very happy and safe Independence Day!