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Friday, July 6, 2007

did you get the biggest bang for your buck?

The 4th of July was a blast (pun intended)!!
Seattle is having it's best 4th of July week in a century!!
For us the holiday started at the 27th Annual Everett 4th Ward 4th of July Pancake and Egg Breakfast, then to Kayak Point with the Farrar Family and friends. On this sizzling hot 80-ish degree day we lathered our fair-skinned crew with sunscreen and headed to the water. Andy took each of the kids on a kayak ride and then took a ride by himself. We ate, chatted, dug in the sand and played all day!! The tide was out and there were a ton of teeny-tiny crab all over! Abi was having such fun digging and finding baby crab that she didn't notice that the shells in the sand were ripping her fingertips to shreds - until one cut on her middle finger got deep enough to bleed and the salt water hit it! Ouch!
We headed home about 5:30. We stopped by Alfy's for a pizza for dinner, but everybody fell asleep in the air conditioned car on the way home! (I took full advantage of the opportunity to have a shower!!)
The heat woke them before I was finished and they all came trooping in the house with their sandy feet and bodies needing to be hosed off in the shower. After everyone was cleaned up we ate our now not-so-hot half-cheese-half-pepperoni pizza and then piled back into the van to go get some LastMinuteHalfPricedDiscounted Fireworks. We arrived at the tent and the guy told Andy that the prices marked were not true ... everything was $1 - we could have packages that were marked $5 and $10 for a buck ... and then he gave us a box and said "Go ahead and fill it up, and I'll give it to you for $20. I don't care if stuff is hanging out the top ... "

As luck would have it ... we had decided that $20 was our limit ... we started loading up on what ever we could get our hands on. We went to the register checked out and vowed to be loyal cutomers and return next year! We figure we got over $300 worth of every kind of exploding, noise-making, spark spraying, bomb throwing firework there was!
We came home and lit fireworks off out in the street for almost 3 solid hours ... we decided to spare our ears and not light anymore 'whistling petes' and we got bored of the confetti poppers ... so we have a bunch for the New Year! Our neighbor down the road brought us a box with fire crackers and about 18 bombs (you know the ones that shoot up in the air and the explode in a beautiful array of color and sometimes crackle - those are my faves).

We finished up at about 11pm and it took us about 20 minutes to do a quick clean up with a broom, dustpan and many hands! All in all it was a great time had by all! Although Andy confessed later that he was starting to get bored of lighting them! I like to go to firework shows but was out-voted!! We hope the kids got their fill of lighting fireworks - when we get into our new house we will be inside the city limits and not allowed to light them in our yard! Maybe I'll get to see a show set to music next year!!


Amy said...

It sounds like you all had a blast! hahaha - pun intended. I always loved the 4th of July in Mukilteo. Now that I am married we head up to Richfield, UT (where Matt grew-up) for the traditional parade, party in the park and fireworks lit off the local mountain. It's an equally wonderful way to spend the 4th! I hope all is well with your gang. How goes the house selling? Any bites?

Emily said...

Awesome! Sounds dynomite! How's the potty training going, Em? I still haven't started -- I'm waiting 'til after Sunday (kind of...) mostly I'm just procrastinating :)

Chelle said...

I am a huge fan of fireworks in the driveway vs. watching the big show at a park or stadium somewhere. Looks like you had a blast. (is that ever going to be not-funny?) : )