We had planned on setting off the fireworks we bought the night of the 4th but it was super late by the time we got home from seeing the fireworks in Coeur d’Alene (the traffic was INSANE) that we ended up waiting until the next night. My mom and Milo went back to Washington that morning and since we didn’t get ready for church in time we decided to go see the Spokane temple that morning instead.
We took some family pictures. We had intended the whole experience to be spiritual and bonding as a family. Allan and I thought we’d say a prayer together with the kids in the grass by the temple and it’d be this special thing. Turns out there were a lot of wasps, it was really hot, there were people around, and it wasn’t that special. lol! I mean, it was fine. Just not magical by any stretch of the imagination. Maybe we’ll come back some day when it’s cooler outside!
We took some pictures of our oldest daughters by the temple. I took this one of Brooklyn and Allan took the one of Sierra. At the same time actually 🙂
It was a challenge getting Ember to not pick the flowers! She only ended up picking one part of one before I told her that we couldn’t, luckily!
Once we got home we had lunch. Burritos. Payson and Everett just had the inside of the burritos since I don’t have gluten-free tortillas. I haven’t been able to find them here in Idaho.
Then it was time to set up for our personal fireworks show! The Utes didn’t stand a chance!
We did poppers and sparklers first.
And now the moment Allan was waiting for! Using the tanks to attack the Utes! (The Utes are the BYU cougars’ rivals)
I ended up having to buckle Everett into his chair because he wouldn’t stay sitting. He kept running to the fireworks! :/
One thing Everett will do when he’s upset about being buckled anywhere is throw his binky repeatedly. He did that a couple times that night. I usually don’t let him suck on it after it hits the ground but Payson was there to quickly save his baby brother. Gross. There’s been tons of bird poop on that driveway. *sigh*
Sometimes when my kids are all lined up together I think, I made all those humans.
Everett had LOVED the fireworks we’d seen the night before in Coeur d’Alene so I figured he’d like these too. He did! But the funniest thing happened each time a noisier firework went off, he’d reflexively close his eyes. He did it each time! It was so cute and made the rest of us giggle.
I typically don’t have as many photos of the older girls because I don’t want to pester them but I told them to smile for a picture but they had a better idea!
Ember was scared of the fireworks! She refused to come any closer than this chair set up by the car on the driveway! It was so cute and yet sad because I wanted to sit with her but had to hold Everett instead! She had fun, she just wanted to be at a safe distance! 😉
All five kids had a really hard time staying in their chairs. They really wanted to be close. Ember always waited until the fireworks were dead or not burning because she was scared.
Lots of tank wars were had. Each kid got one and chose a partner to aim their tanks toward. I don’t remember who won each battle, I’m sure my kids do. lol
By this point Everett was pissed being locked in a chair.
So I took him out and tried to hold him but he just squirmed and squirmed and whined and cried. Fun times with toddler.
When there were no lit fireworks I’d let Everett wander a little bit in hopes that he’d stop screaming. Payson was sitting right next to me during the fireworks and having the time of his life. He LOVES fireworks.
Brooke was nice enough to hold Everett for a little while and walk around with him to try to entertain him without letting him run wild.
And that’s it. It was a really fun day!!