sharing popcorn with family and friends
(side note: Andrew says when he turns 16 and can drive a car, he is going to this little girl's house. He says this often).
I love the 4th of July and I love fireworks. (My sweet hubby does not love fireworks, but he humors me and goes with me every year). So after a fun day playing games at home with the boys we headed to a BBQ and fireworks with friends. Since we have lived here, we have tried several fireworks locations, but our favorite is hands-down, Shallowford Square in Lewisville. Lewisville is a very small suburb of Winston-Salem. Their little town square feels a little bit like Stars Hollow (for you Gilmore fans). During the summer they hold outdoor musicals, concerts, and movie nightsin the square. On the Fourth they have a live band, playground, a firetruck for the kids to climb inside, and the biggest display in the area. I think it rivals that of Ft. Bragg's. It is phenomenal! So that is where we headed this year. We parked a few blocks up and walked to the square. We set up chairs and blankets and brought cookies and popcorn to share. Five other families from the ward joined us. It was even more fun with so many friends.
Andrew was so excited to see so many friends, but he was mostly excited about the fire truck. On the way there he told us that he was going to play on the fire truck. We spent a very long time explaining to him that we were going to see fire WORKS not fire TRUCKS. I think he finally understood. So, what was the first thing we see when we set up our chairs? A Lewisville firetruck set up for children to have their picture taken in! How did he know?!?!? So of course, we looked like we didn't know what we were talking about! We had to literally pry his hands off the steering wheel. He asked the fireman for the keys. When it was time for the fireworks, he sat him my lap, put on his ear plugs, and told me the color of each explosion. He seemed to like them, but they couldn't compete with the truck! At least he wasn't scared like he was last year.
Ryan on the other hand was mesmerized by the fireworks. He was speechless. He kept his mouth wide open and kept grabbing at the sky. He would clap his hands when they were especially big. Then when they were over he started to sign "more." He kept staring up at the sky while we packed up, wishing they would return.
(I have more pics of some of the friends who were there, but I didn't post the ones of friends who I didn't know if they had blogs. I know some people would rather not have their pics online. So if you were there and you would like me to send the ones of you to you, let me know).