Posting this kind of late, but I thought we could comment on what we did over the Fourth too.
My wife and I are going to my mother's over the fourth. Dad died just over a month ago so I want to go down to be supportive of her.
While we are down there we are thinking of taking a day trip up to where my brother's family may be camping. Either that or we will go to Lutheran Camp Perkins for the day. Mom and Dad were very active in the development of the camp, but over time their relationship with the camp became strained (had to do with a previous camp manager). However, the current camp manager seems to be wanting to make amends. She even came down to my father's funeral, and the family had designated the camp for memorials.
The area up there is so pretty. I know Mom misses the mountains.
Eventually, once she has been called home too, Mom and Dad's ashes will be scattered in a meadow across the lake and a little down river from the camp.
up to visit the family - with one member in hospice and the other in the hospital - they will probably welcome company. last week we put up flags and banners in my sibling's room - looks very "fourthish" course we have been up there every saturday through tuesday for the past two months. staying home might be a real treat - but not doable.
and will visit our son's church - they are up the hill from the lake and when their little community does fire works - their church parking lot has one awesome view. they make an event out of it and hopefullly will be making home made ice cream this year - if i get the ice cream maker up there in time!
After taking my father-in-law to Branson for his birthday (actually today), I came home to have dinner with the kids, watch the city fireworks (the best I can remember for this little town), and then back to the kids so Nikki could shoot off her "fireworks" and then we had s'mores made the old fashioned way... marshmallows in the microwave.
A long day, but extremely enjoyable... and once I woke up sitting in front of my computer, I went to bed and slept like a rock.
We went camping Fri-Sun (hubby had to work yesterday so we had to come back). Floated on tubes all day Saturday in the Meramec River, hubby smoked some pork for supper that evening and it was fabulous, all the usual great breakfast foods - biscuits and gravy, fried taters cooked in bacon grease, fried eggs, bacon, sausage....................................
My aunt Darlene passed away and the services were held on Saturday. Meri and I had planned to volunteer at the Waterfront Blues Festival, an Oregon Food Bank benefit, on Saturday. It's just about the largest festival of its kind. But, we canceled our participation and instead attended the funeral. Nobody had been asked to sing. Since my aunt was the wife of my uncle who had passed away last year, and I had sung at the same place, I asked my cousin if she'd like me to. She was very grateful for my offer to sing The Lord's Prayer. Funny.... the Catholic priest mentioned me singing the "Our Father", and I didn't know what he was talking about. He looked at me thinking I was going to stop, but I sang "forever and ever" anyway.
Then, we traveled south to Ashland, where my neice was to be married on the 4th. We got in town in time to watch the annual parade, and then attended a lovely wedding at the Ashland Springs Hotel. The only bad thing was the traffic on I-5 coming back home Monday. Luckily, I know the back roads, and by taking them knocked about 87 stress units off our return trip!
I was at a US Army Base in Germany for the 4th. They had a great celebration and German nationals (who work for the US Army) also attended.
Many food and notions booths were set up, live music played/sang, there were drawings for prizes, 50 state flags were presented by Boy Scouts in order of their statehood dates (and a gun was shot after each flag presentation), US territories were mentioned and honored, there were rides and games for children...it was meaningful and well-planned.
I had to leave early because my great-nephew was sick (103 temp) and I missed the music and fireworks. I was told that they were wonderful.
Incidentally, my great-nephew had been camping in England the week before the 4th. They visited Stonehenge and castles. His troop also took a trip to Belgium recently to visit the site of the Battle of the Bulge. My Girl Scout troop never did anything fun like that... He (along with several other scouts) ended up with strep throat. He got very sick over the 4th.
I did something completely uncharacteristic of me...my bf and I rode in a pre WWll bi-plane with no canopy. It was great fun and a great experience. I usually get airsick on commercial planes and am a little claustrophobic, but took the challenge and did it anyway. It was good to have someone to hang onto as well as the bar in front of me from which I had to pry my fingers when we landed.
There were about 10 bi-planes at the airshow in Alexandria, Mn. as well as one of the first ones built in 1909 and one of the first passenger planes made out of wood with very small seats and a very, very small restroom in the tail.