180Days #186 4th of July 2012

We joined our son, daughter-in-law and two blue-eyed grandchildren for a July 4th gathering at their house. Several families joined them and then the party spilled out into their cul-de-sac with everyone bringing their own chairs. People also brought food for a pot-luck style dinner. There was lots of time to sit, visit and watch the many kids play. There were street ball games for the older kids, chalk drawing, face painting, and zipping up, and down the street on their various wheeled vehicles. They took over the street for a real street party. In the end all the other neighbors joined in with every family bringing their fireworks.

When it was finally dusk and anxious kids could wait no longer, the sparklers were brought out. That took up the time until it was dark, which in Oregon doesn’t happen until nearly 10pm in the summer. The men brought out their legal fireworks, which meant they are fountains, nothing taller than 10 feet and nothing that launches. It was enough to keep the kids happy and yelling for one more as the dads took turns lighting each fountain.

I am sharing one photo of tonight’s fireworks.

Neighborhood legal fountain type fireworks.

These are but two of dozens of fountains the guys lit to entertain the kids and celebrate our holiday safely.

For those of  you who have seen the amazing aerial fireworks from around the world every New Years, these are small potatoes. But for families with kids who do not want to brave the crowds and the traffic on a holiday where the little ones get too tired before it’s dark enough to light the fireworks, a neighborhood gathering in a big turn-around is great fun. A time to bring the neighbors together over food, some wine and when the fountains are over and the kids are tired there are no crowds or traffic to deal with to get them home.

A great time was had by all. And the weather was a perfect 77 to today to make everything even more fun. A holiday off in the middle of the week is strange, but it was a wonderful and relaxing day for Sweet Hubs and me. And there are only two more work days this week.



PS another late post. My network was down. By the time that was reset, it is 12:02am.

I am very tired, was up at 4:30AM to get photos of the full moon. I need sleep.


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About Shez

In a nut-shell (nut-case?): Photographer, illustrator, writer, passionate DIY enthusiast, wife, mother, grandmother. I love learning new things and anything that is creative: sewing upholstery or dresses, painting walls or art, building dolls or walls, cooking and cake decorating, knitting or wiring. By day I am a small manufacturing business owner, operator, partner. I am Totally Random Shez.

2 responses to “180Days #186 4th of July 2012”

  1. Xandré Verkes says :

    This sounds (and looks) delightful!!!! Hope you’ve caught up on your sleep Shez!!! 🙂 **

    • Shez says :

      Sleep? What is that? Actually did sleep in on Saturday morning. Got up at 6 and went back to bed and didn’t wake up till almost 10!! Felt lazy all day. 😉

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