posing with the flag . . . . I just love the looks on the kids' faces! They are cracking up simply because the wind was blowing the flag back and forth over their heads. I continue to be delighted as I see them growing older and still taking joy in the simplest things.
battling with tanks . . . an essential part of our 4th of July celebrations. So important, in fact, that we ran around to 4 different fireworks stands just to find them!
barbecuing with friends . . . thankful to receive an invite for some swimming & BBQ-ing. For me, the perfect 4th of July formula is parade + BBQ + driveway fireworks. We didn't make it to a parade in the morning (too hot for me) so being able to gather with friends for a BBQ helped make the day feel just right.
trying something new . . . we were pretty sure that we could get a good view of the local fireworks show from our balcony. At least we hoped so! We gathered our party of 5 on the balcony with chairs, glowsticks, popcorn, M&M's, Junior Mints, and an oscillating fan for cool comfort and waited with anticipation.
watching the fireworks show . . . success! We had a great view of the show and what better, more convenient location than our own house. :)
moving the party to the front . . . . along with our popcorn and bowl of Junior Mints that melted on the hot sidewalk. Yummy. As an added bonus to our fireworks show on the ground, there was a nice little aerial show going on a couple streets over in our perfect view.
loving the fiery brilliance of it all . . . . pop, pop, crackle, crackle, pop
ending with sparklers . . . I love taking these kinds of photos. The streaks and patterns of light never ceases to amaze me. Last year I shared a few tips for taking sparkler photos here. This year my settings were a little different: ISO 1600, f/16, shutter 0"8
Just as the last sparkler burned out the raindrops started to fall from the sky. What a great way to wrap things up . . . . monsoon rains, thunder, and lightning flashing outside as we curled into bed and slept heavily after a wonderful day.