Today was crazy. I hope my readers will forgive me: but, I'm going to veer off atheism and create this post for everyone (friends, non-atheists, and family included). I've broken it down into smaller slide shows. As always, if you choose to view the pics by going to the picasa links, you can see the captions.
First off, this was what we had for dinner. It was delicious. Menu: pulled chicken sandwiches with provologne or Munster cheese, a fruit salad (mangoes, papaya, kiwi, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, and jicama, with lime), potato salad, crab and shrimp pasta salad, and...for dessert, fresh strawberries flam bayed in Grand Marnier with cheesecake. (5 pics)
Next was our annual water fight. This year, we had 360 water balloons. I didn't play this year (not feeling so hot), but I was amazed by how bold P3 has become. She also employed some strategy that I didn't expect. She figured out that throwing balloons in the swing set cabin meant the balloons didn't pop, so she got in the upstairs fort and started egging people on to throw balloons at her. She was stock-piling them and then when her sibs would walk by, she'd open fire. (34 pics)
After drying off and getting the girls' hair plaited (so it wouldn't fall into sparklers or catch a spark), we went outside for fireworks. There were people around us, but on different streets, who had HUGE, professional grade stuff. I'm guessing they go down to Mexico and get them. Unlike last year, I didn't see any evidence of the fire department patrolling for illegal fireworks. They've probably given up, quite honestly. (36 pics)
I hope everyone had a great day. I realize Fourth of July is an American holiday, so I hope my far away friends had a decent Friday. I hope you enjoy the pictures, anyway. I'm bushed. I think I'm going to go have some left-over fruit salad and call it a night.