Friday, July 5, 2013

Fun, Fireworks, and Friends

What a day yesterday was!  You know it's a good party when everyone is talking about next  year's Fourth of July party before even this celebration is over.  My husband out did himself again!

We had a great turn out over 30 guest.  Mostly neighbors.  John's firework show started off with 4 Cremora bombs.  I was fortunate enough to have my finger on the button the minute the explosions went off.

The heat from the blast took everyone's breath away and unlike the first time he did this, no one called the police.  Everyone kind of knows if they hear an explosion it's just John getting ready for the Fourth or New Years.

Shelby had two friends from Dallas drive down for the week.  They were great at helping wire things up and made John's job a lot easier.  (Many hands do light work!)

 Shelby loves pyrotechnics almost as much as her father.  She helped run the show as well. 

Emilio was the perfect host and helped with the party as well.   In the past years everyone contributed to the fireworks, we typically would spend anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 wholesale.  But this amount last us about 3 parties.  It's always awkward collecting money or people donating to the "cause".  So we what we do know is everyone brings food. We host the festivities by opening or home and pool.  We also provide the drinks.  

This year we did traditional barbecue.  Our neighbors and friends brought brisket, ribs, chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, desserts, appetizers, etc.  It was all amazing!!!

We truly live in one of the best neighborhoods in Texas.  The people here are so kind and giving.  Everyone had kind words and deeds that just makes us fall in love with this area time and time again.

And as usual with these beautiful ladies, they won't leave until they clean my kitchen and help pick up.  Such amazing friends!  

Family fun

A nice safe distance from the road

My god daughter Jen and her husband Doug

My high school friend and his beautiful family

Our flying buddy friends & family

Best neighbors/friends ever!

Up close and personal fireworks!

I should have taken pictures of the aftermath.  It looked like a war zone.  Woke up and met a few of the neighbors outside. We had it looking like new in less than an hour. With a mimosa in hand, of course!