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It's fireworks season around here, and so we are treated to nightly explosions of neighborhood people combining a thousand firecrackers into one little mound of TNT and lighting it on fire. If I'm outside, sometimes I can actually feel the *boom*, and I'm always a little petrified that someone has just blown off their hand.
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Speaking of neighborhood explosions, I was pulling out of our driveway the other day and saw a neighbor across the street staring down at the ground with a rifle slung over his shoulder (I say rifle, but I know nothing about guns except that it had a long barrel). I presume he was hunting moles, and was waiting for it to pop up before shooting its poor little head off.
Between the moles and the duck-hunting (that they do in season at the lake across the street) and assorted other emotional issues, we hear lots of gunshots from our neighbors. Oh country living. How you charm and mystify me.
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Ty and Sarah are having their annual 4th of July picnic, and I've been put in charge of the playlist for both the party and the fireworks explosion. The party music will be easy (lots of U2, Springsteen and Mellencamp should do the trick), but the fireworks music will be more specific. Any songs you feel DEFINITELY belong in a musical interlude for fireworks?
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Speaking of fireworks (I'm just full of transitions today, aren't I?), if you're thinking of taking pictures of fireworks, I've found Pioneer Woman's Fireworks Tips helpful, as well as the link round-up from Mom & Camera. Remember, just because you don't have a fancy camera doesn't mean you can't take decent photos.
All I have is a 5MP point and shoot, and I took these:
Granted, they aren't amazing, but I was pretty happy with them.
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If you're looking for an inexpensive activity to do with (or without) your kids, consider Regal's Summer Movie Express. Twice a week (or three times a week if your city is like ours), Regal runs a PG and/or G-rated film and it's only $1 admission. Last week Jason and the girls saw The Tale of Despereaux (which the girls always love no matter how many times they see it); this week Jason and Jules saw Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (which Jason thought wasn't anything great, but Jules thought was funny). Next week I think they're planning on seeing Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
And if you aren't familiar with a film and are wondering if it's safe for your child, I always check out Plugged In. It does a nice job highlighting potential problems.
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Sydney and I found ourselves at the doctor's office today (more on that later), and while we were waiting for her prescription, she tried on glasses in the optometry center.
That girl makes me laugh.
: 7 :
My mom got Jason and I started on watching Murdoch. It's a Canadian forensic/crime drama, set in the 1890s. It's pretty clever, and since there appear to be several seasons, I think it'll get us through the summer just nicely.
In fact, I'm off to go watch one now.
Oh, and Jason made some shortcake to eat with our fresh strawberries. Lucky me!
Have a great holiday weekend! (Oh! And happy Independence Day to my Canadian friends!)
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