Monday, July 4, 2011

Pre-4th Celebration!!!

**This song is for Ryan.  He listens to it 15-20 times a day on You Tube.
Happy Independence Day!!  My favorite thing about teaching 5th grade???  American History!  Happy 4th!
On Friday Rich left at the crack of dawn to head to Fresno to his annual firework gig.  He uses vacation days to earn money.  I use my vacation days to spend money.  And there you have it...

On Friday Matthew left for his fireworks gig too.  He isn't making money like his father, however he doesn't care.  All he wants to do is head down Fresno, spend time with Mason and Mikayla, work at the fireworks stand and be paid through sparklers and smoke balls.  He has been counting the days until he leaves and had his bags packed over a week ago. 

Ryan on the other hand is too young to do the marathon event.  He is just too young to handle the Four-Fun-Filled-Fresno-Fireworks-Fantastical Days.  I made a deal with him, we could go down together and spend some time playing and swimming, but we would come back early.  Then when Matthew goes back to school, Ryan can go down by himself with Sharon and make up the time then.   Because Ryan clearly knew that Matthew was going four days and he was going two and that was not fair...or his words..."not even and not a good deal."  To brighten his sad mood on Friday, I called in some reinforcements...Camden and Kirsten!!

Friends and a slip-in-slide make EVERYTHING better.


Saturday morning Ryan and I got up EARLY (first alarm clock wake-up of the summer) to catch the train to Fresno!  He was pretty excited.  Luckily he had his friend "Teddy" with him.

Mom, when is it going to get here???

I have known this to be true for several years...Buzz and Woody make everything better.

Here we go!!!

We selected a table in the "dining car".  I had to order a cup of coffee in order for us to stay there because as the conductor said..."You don't get to sit in the dining car without having something to eat or drink."  So I took one for the team and made myself get a coffee so we could set up shop for the duration of the trip.

The traveling goods.  Legos, Tic-Tac-Toe, airplanes, and "Teddy".

And as the conductor also said..."You don't bring food into a restaurant and eat it, do you?"  So, the eating of the poptart had to be on the sly....

This just makes me giggle because I told him I would look out for the conductor and he said, "It's okay, I'll just do this."

And I'm not going to lie...after about seven times of asking "When are we going to be there?" and we were only in Stockton...I was grateful for his cat nap.

Look who was waiting for us at the train station!!!!  Anyone else see the bursting enthusiasm coming from Matthew?

And one in front of the train.  Again, Matthew couldn't have been happier to see us!

Ahhh, yes!!  The fireworks stand.


I fear this is my future.  Both of them working every 4th in the booth.  Stacy sent me a text last night saying that Matthew helped her with counting and sorting the money.  She taught him to check to see if there were any counterfeit bills.  She said he became obsessed and wanted to check every bill. 

Ryan just wanting to be there and be a part of it.

And since it is Fresno, we went swimming the minute we got back.

Love.  Just Love!

The boys during the "rest" time of the day.

Ask me what I did while I was there.  Go on, ask me.  I enjoyed the Marini Resort Backyard Extraordinaire.   Not only was it beautiful, it has a mini-fridge located in this little bar section that I may or may not have taken a beverage or three out of while I watched the kids play.  I may or may not owe Mike a 6-pack of beer.  I'll never say. 

Matthew loving the water. 

Some down time inside with Kiki.

This is what I heard early in the morning.  I knew it either had to be Matthew or Ryan.  At times that we could not find either of them, this was the first place we looked. 

Grandma Jean in the back, trying to stay dry.  Ryan, trying to control a super soaker that was clearly too much to handle at times. 

Mason was such a good older cousin...taking a hit like that at such close range!

The three amigos.

Ryan, back at it!!!

I'll let you come up with your own caption.  I will tell you that his fingers and that look are aimed at Grandma Jean.

Coolest.  Bike.  Ever.

Ryan has NO FEAR.  ZERO!!

Nice night for a bike ride!!

Time for some fireworks.  Some fun we had with the little ones.

We threw MANY of these flowers.

I took this picture because Matthew was telling everyone to stop playing with the fireworks because he was afraid they would run out.  And Mason is trying to explain to him in the nicest way possible that his grandfather owns a stand and running out is NEVER going to be an issue.

So we continued playing.


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