Friday night we invited some friends over to do our own little firework show.
Then on Saturday, we headed over to my parents house for a bbq with the fam. I love my parents house & I thought it looked especially cute with the flags up! Don't you just love a porch with a swoopy flag?
Before we ate dinner, the boys altered legal fireworks into funner, more powerful ones & lit a lot of things on fire. I swear, the 4th of July is a man's favorite holiday (after Thanksgiving of course) because they eat a lot of food and get to blow things up.
Every 4th of July, my parents buy a ton of fireworks and put on their own little show in the front yard. It never disappoints, as there is always some malfunction with a firework blasting towards the spectating crowd, causing us to run, screaming in terror and then laugh so hard we might pee our pants, or watching what is supposed to be the grand daddy of fireworks fizzle & spark pitifully as the lamest firework of the night, aka, the dud.
For example, this year, a renegade ground bloom firework flew off the top of the ladder (because watching store bought fireworks is much more fun 7 feet up in the air) and went straight up my leg, scaring the ba-jee-zee's out of me and causing me to flail my arms and legs in the air before I kicked it away. I was fine (okay, it stung a little and left a tiny burn mark), but it made for a fun, on the edge of your seat kind of night! Good times!
Finally on Sunday we headed up to Lewiston & stayed the night with Andrew's grandma. The good folks up there put on a great little parade & it's not the 4th of July unless you get up at the crack of dawn for the local Fireman Breakfast! As you can see, we were all so excited to be up that early. The sun had literally just come up...
In deciding what festive treat I would make, I went to one of my favorite recipe blogs- The Girl Who Ate Everything. Christy, the author of TGWAE, is a blogger who is not only hilarious and refreshingly real, but she is an amazing cook! I've tried many of her recipes and she has yet to disappoint! A while back, she had posted this recipe for Whoopie Pies, so I ended up going with that. (I know some of you are nodding your head in approval thinking, "Oh yes, whoopie pies are a delicious, all American treat!" While others are scrunching your faces in confusion thinking, "What the H is a whoopie pie?") Instead of making them one color, I decided to add red food coloring to half of the batter and blue coloring to the other half. That way, I'd have red, white, and blue whoopie pies! Whoopie!!! Here's how they turned out...