I admit that I get a little misty on patriotic holidays now, but there's something about celebrating with these girls who we are so grateful to have home and citizens that gets me every time. I love their Chineseness and their Kazakhstaniness and their Americanness and I love how it all blends into the wacky cultural mixing bowl that is our Morningstarness. Plus both Sasha and WanYing look totally adorable in red, white, and blue.
|Good thing it's a sturdy hammock!|
|My sweet firecrackers show off their piggies and bunnies and festive outfits from Grammy|
Sasha's first Fourth, spent nary a moment huddled under a blanket for "safety." This girl couldn't get enough of the poppers, booms, and sparkles!
She clutched her hard-earned and well-protected bags of poppers in her little fist, chanting, "more poppers, more poppers" as she merrily stomped every last one.
|Be afraid, be very afraid|
|The kids do their annual monkey dance around the strobes, this time bringing Kylee in on the action.|
|The box-top of strobes and fountains was really fun... until it became the Box of Fire and had to be moved farther from the garage with the Rake of Safety|
|Oh, and aerials were legalized in Utah this year - woo hoo!|
|A fantastic finale. Boy do I love the Fourth.|
We emerged from the festivities tired and happy and mostly unscathed (it wouldn't be Independence Day without a few little burns, right?). And a good time was had by all.