Saturday, July 5, 2008

Food, Fun and Freedom

Our 4th Of July

My husband raised our flag for our show of support of the troops. Remember all and especially my nephew who is in Iraq right now. He is in the medical field saving lives of all who need him. We are so proud of him.

Plenty of food for those of us that gathered for the feast.

Look, red/white/blue candy for the "kids".

Clever huh?

Pies, cookies and cake.

Peanut butter pies, pineapple pies

cookies, cupcakes and one Bavarian Cream Cake.

Smoked ribs and brisket, both sliced and chopped.

Mr. Patriotic gets in line to partake in the great food.

Then we headed to the cul-de-sac to shoot off the fireworks. My firefighter brother and his firefighter partner were there to shoot the tons of fireworks. My dad's pickup bed was completely full of fireworks. Where are my pictures? I don't know, I was busy with so many things.

My niece HATES to hear fireworks go off. So she is sporting ear muffs, which are really shooting ear protection since my dad and brother are both avid shooters. And yes, she is missing her two front teeth.

My nephew is busy jumping on fireworks after they have gone off. Yet his dad and friend are down there shooting fireworks in the daylight. Good grief. They both worked at the fire station last night (3rd) and have not had any sleep yet. So they wanted to get started early shooting them so they could go home and get some sleep.

My niece and her friend found toys in the toy closet to play with outside while their dads are shooting fireworks. The kids were not really interested in the fireworks, just the toys.

My aunt and uncle sit outside watching the fireworks and good conversation with others. We did not have the large gathering I had hoped. My son and daughter in law did not come home, my own daughter did not come home, nor my step daughter and her family. So I had to recruit others to come and join us in the fun. Good friends filled the void and I am thankful they came.

We had a wonderful evening tonight. I did not get to see many of the fireworks due to cleaning up and taking care of a couple kids that were not interested in the fireworks. My dogs did great, loved the fireworks and were not scared at all. They came outside with me to watch and wanted to stay out longer than what I allowed. After my family all left we went back down to the cul-de-sac and watched the rest of the neighbors shoot their fireworks. We got to visit with others, enjoy more good lights and just relax. Aren't we so lucky to live in a land where we do have so much freedoms. After being a police officer for so many years and enforcing the laws of the land, knowing that we have so many rights and freedoms, I have such a high respect for this wonderful country. Plus I am so proud of my nephew and many other friends that are serving our country.

William Michael McAllister
Our Hero


Mental P Mama said...

I hope you are resting today! Happy weekend!

Michelle said...

I know, I felt guilty having fun without you both. I promise I won't take another vacation without ya.Well, I may not be able to keep that promise. But I can promise not to rub it in. Sounds like you had a good day yesterday. We hung out at Busch Gardens and then came home to sit in the driveway and watch all the neighbors shoot off fireworks. I bought some at Costco on Thursday and gave it to them to light so we could just sit back and enjoy. Although, mine were not as nice as theirs were. Last time I buy fireworks at Costco!

Just Joni said...

looks like you had a nice family
4th...lots of good food and fireworks...the peanut butter pie sounds deliciously different...did you make it?


Beth from the Funny Farm said...

That food looks great!

We went into town last night and watched a really nice fireworks display. Been picking berries, fishing, swimming and cooking out all weekend.

I'm glad you had a good holiday!

Homesteader in Training said...

You are so funny. It looked like you all had a great time. Food looked really good. I love get togethers.

Tonjia said...

I knew you guys would have a great 4th of July!!

It looks like an awesome family time, thanks for sharing the pics.

hats off to your nephew, Lisa! I hope his day was safe and uneventful..

Putz said...

you are another one of our fireworks gal, we had 3 big clusters, 5 tiny fountains, snakes and sparklers, did not go to evanston to get them

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing your pictures and fun times. It felt like I was right there with you all. What a feast! You're lucky to have a fireman in the family!

We are THAT Family said...

What a great day!

Debbie said...

Okay, yours looks way more fun than mine! My BF stayed inside the camper...well duh! My company and I rode around in the golf cart trying to get the best view and then she produced a blanket to sit on!

Did you have tons of food or what? Did you make all that? No wonder you were so tired Sunday. How fair is it you didn't get to see many fireworks?? GRRRRRR!! You did all the work, girl!! Well, poot!

Seriously, I'm glad you had a great time and maybe next year all the family will come!!

Amy said...

All that good food and treats look awesome. You seem to put on a fantastic spread! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves.