Thursday, July 5, 2012

There's a fire ban...How we celebrated the 4th of July

If you have been reading the internet headlines or listening/watching the news then you know that Colorado is literally on fire. 9 fires with at least two being extreme and huge! It is so sad to see the forests and homes burn. It has been a dry year.

So no fireworks of any kind or campfires even...what's a 4th of July with no fireworks? WELL...let me show you:

The perfect ending to our grilled hot dogs, chips, Pork N' Beans Independence Day meal: Strawberry Delight. A yummy, creamy dessert with crumbly, crisp like crust on bottom and top. Heaven.

We spent the day painting our version of fireworks on paper and my oldest son painted stars on the American flag. We also (thanks to hubby for the idea) tied plastic jungle animals to plastic bags to make instant parachute toys. See picture below: Look at son's hat and you will see the Rhinoceros skydiving.

Notice the flag...He is so proud to hold it. Awesome!

NOW, we could have poppers!!! So we managed to go through almost 400 poppers. Oh, the joy of a pop sound! 

For our last hoopla and most thrilling event...we put Mentos in some Diet Coke and made our own sticky explosions. 

No fires, fireworks or true explosions, but we had a great day of freedom. I am proud to be an American.

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  1. Smart! I love this idea, and you showed the kids how to enjoy no matter what. So smart!

  2. Stopping by from Mama Kat's...and I feel so lame that I've never done the mentos in a coke thing. Gotta put that on my list of things to try! :)

  3. Very creative! I love the "explosions" you created. My family is currently living in Germany for a year, so we also made up our own version of fireworks to celebrate the day. And, we must have lived parallel lives that day, because my kids also made parachutes for their little tiny toy animals. But they made them out of tissues and napkins. Plastic bags look like a much better idea. :)


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