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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Family and friends BBQ, Fireworks, and s'mores making party!

I invited my daughter and her boyfriend, and my friend Stacy, her daughters, and her boyfriend to come over for a barbeque before going to the park to watch fireworks. It was a lot of fun! Stacy has been one of my best buddies for several years now. We worked in the same factory and sometimes spent more time laughing than working. Her boyfriend also worked there, but he didn't come into the picture until about a year and a half ago.

My daughter is usually a camera hog, but today, the only picture I was able to get of her is in the group photo above where she is standing in the center.

Here is the cast of characters:

Here is Stacy and her sweetie Brian. Aren't they cute together?

Here is Stacy's oldest daughter Sydney. The grill I was given is right behind her.

Here is her middle daughter Shaelyn, or Shae-baby as I have always called her. Love the face

And here is her youngest sweetie pie Symantha, or Sam for short, also making a face.

Here is Brian, sans sunglasses, eating my very awful hamburgers. I had never operated a gas grill before...seriously! And I did not do a very good job on the hot dogs and hamburgers, but they were eaten anyway. We also had potato salad, baked beans, chips and dip, and cookies.

And here I am in my newly painted chair. This was right before I got all hot and sweaty from grilling burgers and hot dogs. Just a moment before this, Brian was giving me bunny ears.

After dinner, we all went to the park to watch fireworks. We staked out a spot, which turned out to be partially blocked by a tree, ugh, but we all had fun anyhow. Here are the girls with their glow necklaces on. I think they had more fun with those than they did with the fireworks! I took some pics of the fireworks, but they didn't turn out.

Afterwards, we came back to start up the fire and roast marshmallows for s'mores. I got the fire stoking!

Here we all are roasting our marshmallows. Some fell in the fire. Some got flung into the yard. Thankfully, none were blazing when they went flying off the skewers. Some actually got eaten!

Tried to take a pic of my son, but he covered his face, the little stinker! I heard from my youngest son on the 4th, and he said he had a fun day in Texas where they spent it with his step-mother's youngest son and his family. I have met them and they are the sweetest, and I was glad he got to spend the holiday with them.

Here is Mike, my daughter's boyfriend. Not sure where she is. Maybe in the bathroom. Ha!

Stacy is really enjoying her s'more. Not sure what was said that got her so tickled. Maybe Brian goosed her.

Here is Brian mesmerized by the flames, and Shae toasting her marshmallow.

Here is Sam below, contemplating the zen of S'mores.

All in all, it was a great night, and we stayed up until after midnight around the fire, listening to neighborhood fireworks still popping and banging. The girls had great fun poking around in the fire.
Eventually the evening died down, just as the fire had. The glowing embers looked almost alive! The girls thought it was very cool.

We ended the evening with the warm glow of friendship and time spent together! Hope you were all able to spend time with family and friends this holiday too!


The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Ahh, good times with good friends! Glad you had fun! Stacy's girls are so cute. I thought those embers were fireworks at first.. I was like hey~thought you said your pics didn't turn out!
I want one of those fire pits!!

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

I see you sitting in your chair. It looks good and comfy!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

It looks like you had a fun day! I'm sure the burgeres werent that bad, if they were eaten!! LOL!!

Love the pics of your friends and family, well it was just another day for me, but I did put some BBQ sauce on my grilled chicken in honour of my American friends!!

kat449 said...

I am soooo sorry I havent been around more, i miss you & everyone. ive been reeeeally busy, & havent been online much a all. I will try & work on my time management. No whazup w/ the grill issues? Buy one of those lil hot dog hamburg flat baskets to keep everything in order, no dogs rolling around, slap some sweet baby ray bbq sauce on the burgs, its so good, ya could burn the heck out of em & they still taste awesome...
Your daughter makes a princess bride for sure. I got weepy myself...for you! whens the big day?
You are a great photographer, Mom and friend.... & soon to be grill master. You inspire me to be the woman of excellence that you wear so well, thanks for that...Hugs, Kat

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

It looks like your had a blast!You're adorable!!

Justine said...

Aw, glad you had such a great day, Kady, and your new grill looks, well, NEW! Your friend Stacey is so pretty, and I love her flippy hair. Her kids are totally adorable too!
I was busy in the kitchen and out food shopping all day on the 4th, because yesterday we had Mikayla's b-day party. It was a blast!
Justine :o )

Deb said...

Hi Kady! Fun Fun Day! It looks like you guys really enjoyed the day. I love the chairs you said were newly painted and that's a wonderful grill. It's really good to see you too after all this time.

Shelia said...

Hi Kady! Wow, you really had a wonderful full day, didn't you? Everyone looks so happy in your pictures. Thanks for stopping by to look at the Mitford books. I'm sure you would enjoy reading them. Come back to see me sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cathy said...

Hi Kady,

It looks like you had a fabulous time on the fourth. I love your newly painted chair and a the pics of the s'mores. Everything looks wonderful.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh my goodness. Smores! You've got me NEEDING one!
Looks like your fourth was happy!

CIELO said...

It looks that you had a favulous time with your family in your lovely backyard/porch.... I'm glad to hear that! :)

Have a great day


Rue said...

Hi Kady :)

Goosed her.... LOL It looks like a great time!

rue :)