Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Farm Bash

Sunday marked the third annual back-woods fireworks bash here at the farm. The guys get all giggly about it months in advance.

OK fine, they don't really giggle, but they definitely do the male equivalent. And sometimes, let's be honest, they giggle. But just a little.

All I know is, these dyed in the wool Dave Ramsey-heads suddenly find wiggle room in the budget for this.

They constructed a quite elaborate and very sketchy contraption for setting off the loot. They were all abuzz.

I offered the foreman the rights to an exclusive interview, but he declined.

Scared-y cat.

Around here, we've got little boys in droves, and ain't nothing little boys like more than pretending to be their daddies.

They labored for hours on a pretend fire-works contraption of their own.

Most of them labored. Colin opted to enjoy his cookie while overseeing the operation.

Is now a good time for me to come out and admit that Cory took all of these pictures? I was too busy shooing flies away from the melon and eating peanut butter pie. And pickled beets. But not in that order.

Is now a good time to admit that my buns still hurt like the dickens? I don't know what it is...something about this shot got me thinking about my burnin' buns.

Our Independence day was the best kind -- lawn chairs scattered about, a long table full of taco dip and apple salad and desserts out the wazoo.

I can't think of one part of our day that was remotely "magazine worthy". But the kiddos wore their bathing suits around all night and slurped up patriotic popsicles.

We had a slip-n-slide down the bank-barn hill and a cornhole tournament.

I'll come right out and admit that as the post-bedtime hours ticked away, things started to get a little quirky...

...a little zany...

...maybe the tiniest bit loopy.

But 10:00 found the whole lot of us covered in Deep Woods Off, lined up in our chairs, holding babies of varying degrees of sticky.

The Big Show had its high points and its low points ("We're prepping for the grand finale!" can only buy you so much time...)

But as I watched Little Number Three take in the trappings of his first Independence Day, I thought about how this had officially become a tradition for him. And I know I spend plenty of time worrying about things that he has lost, but on that night, I spent some time thinking about what a gift it is that God's big plans for him included American citizenship.

On this 4th of July, that's the thought that sparkled most for me.

34 comments:

  1. What a wonderful celebration! I know what you mean about Silas getting his citizenship, we forget how blessed we are to be free. I love how I hear the national anthem and tear up. It is a great place to live! God bless you and yours.

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  2. What fun! I love the 4th of July! And it was DEFINITELY in God's plan for Silas to become an American. Woo hoo!

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  3. Oh man, I remember slurping patriotic popsicles! That was too long ago.... :( Makes me crave one. Can I come over? :)

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  4. Love the pics! Looks like y'all had a great 4th of July!!!

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  5. What an amazing gift! And what lucky kiddos! I just recently blogged a pic of my baby's rock-a-boo-kiss... it just was too cute to avoid. She'll forgive me, right?

    Happy belated 4th! Looked like a great time!

    P.S. Oh, the "hat" on Calvin? Savannah rode a "horse" today with her derby hat on (aka. plastic mixing bowl). Must have been in the air!

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  6. ... this truly comes from a mommy's heart ...

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  7. and now I'm crying. You pull my heartstrings girl.

    Happy Independence Day!

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  8. Varying degrees of sticky kids. Good stuff. And that last paragraph? Great stuff.

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  9. P.S. I love your wacky kids! Post bedtime antics are Heelarious!
    All of this belongs in a magazine you humble girl you! all of it. Especially your words.

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  10. beautiful. i, too, share many of your thoughts, girl. i love meeting you, online.

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  11. Sounds like so much fun -- Norman Rockwell beautiful!
    As always, thank you for sharing with all of us!

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  12. Love your party style and it sounds like you had so much fun!! Except for burning buns :).

    ~Julia

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  13. That's about as all American as it gets. The Ruby's bottom picture gets my vote as favorite of the day. What is it about baby bottoms?

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  14. I love how you say the "dyed in the wool Dave Ramsey-heads suddenly find wiggle room in the budget for this."

    Isn't that the truth?? hee, hee...

    Looks like ya'll had a wonderful time. Love the pics...they're full of fun and beautiful.

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  15. enjoyed a similar kind of day- so thankful for fellowship, watermelon, pie, burgers, pie, and FIREWORKS!
    Silas, what a blessing, Ruby & Calvin too.
    :)

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  16. What good, old fashioned, all American fun.
    And what is the deal with Little Number Three's eyelashes? Boys always get the lashes, don't they?

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  17. That sounds like our kind of celebration here in Wisconsin. Nothing fancy, just lots of family, friends, and food. Priceless.

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  18. looks like everyone had a ball.......i love watching the kids get excited over this holiday. god bless!
    kara

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  19. How cute,those are the things we will never forget!!!!!!!Simple Pleasures of the farm life.How is the whole selling the house going??Are you staying in Indiana??

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  20. Oh how fun! We had this same kind of shindig at our place! My husband is an offical master of pork loins & all things explosive! He was like a giant kid at Christmas! How we love the 4th :)

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  21. How sweet indeed! Yes, every Dave Ramsey follower with a husband knows where the blow money goes for the month of July! :)

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  22. love the quirky loopy pics... laugh out loud funny! even the polka dotted bum! ;) Fun & special memories!

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  23. What an amazing 4th of July and what a wonderful thing to celebrate on our Independence Day!

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  24. It won't be long until little Siley will also be pretending to be his daddy too! He not only is an American citizen, but also a conservative American!! Wow, who could ask for anything more??

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  25. I love the farm fireworks, the bunz and your little guy's 1st Independence Day. Greatness.

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  26. ha ha loved the pics of your oldest in his little orange hat get-up. He is stinkin' cute! Looked like a wonderful time and I loved the "...lined up in our chairs, holding babies of varying degrees of sticky."
    Hearts <3 The Lady of the House

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  27. we had our own version of a cornhole tournament too! and varying degrees of sticky for the past four days! great pics- looks like everyone had a blast!

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  28. How fun! You captured so many great moments here. What a beautiful post!!

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  29. How sweet! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all - and you have some great photos to help you remember the occasion!

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  30. Glorious! Love the the family gathered here!

    Thanks for stopping by 29lincolnavenue today! I am really glad you said hello!

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  31. I want to hold him again!!! We connected at the wedding you know. I love me some Silas.

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  32. Love it! Had much of the same thoughts this Independence Day as our little one had no idea what goodness life will hold for him in the future-even though the weekend was filled with regression and fear for him-some day, I'm sure, he will know the goodness God has set before him.

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  33. Your posts on adoption are so heartwarming and inspirational. They always touch a chord, because we are preparing to adopt as well.

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