Tomfoolery on Independence Day

Independence Day is, possibly, my favorite holiday. There’s not a lot of fuss and bother getting ready for it, as long as you have the firepit ready and a good supply of brats in the freezer. And a watermelon. You can eat potato chips without much guilt. It’s a holiday, after all. Other reasons I love this day: we can be outside all day; there are plenty of flags flying; you have perfectly good reasons to sit in the lawn chairs (which have stayed unused and pretty dusty so far this summer); patriotic music is always uplifting; and fireworks. The kids always find new ways to have fun outside, and the weather this year was absolutely perfect for outdoor fun: not too hot. I even wore a jacket in the morning, when I did my early chores.

I guess we all inherited a love of water play from our mother, who never looks happier than when she is blasting somebody with her water gun or slipping an ice cube down somebody’s back. Thanks for this, Mom. So nice to inherit something so useful. 😉 Our Fourth this year included a big meal of grilled brats, watermelon, potato chips, and corn on the cob, and the traditional fireworks show (made even better by the neighbors’ show across the road, happening at the same time) but also water balloons rolled off the roof. This was a new addition. It was fun, and some of the spectators got wet too, not surprisingly. We also managed a quick fishing trip the day before.

So here are some photos of the day. All photo credits go to my daughters Amalia and Bethie. If I have to choose between snapping photos and holding a grandkid, well, you know which one I choose. 🙂

Rods and canoe all ready for catching a load of fish. Only. We only caught one. Well done, Bethie.

Rods and canoe all ready for catching a load of fish. Only. We just caught one. *sigh* Well done, Bethie.


Nephew Lukie and little Mack bait their hooks.


turquoise dragonflies, all in a row!

bethiefish withanee moll


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two cuties and their polska-bot hats

two cuties and their polska-bot hats


“Faux Matt” made an appearance, driving his truck all the way from Wyoming.


This is what happens when you move out of state . . .



Princess Anee tried very hard to be brave through the fireworks show.

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It was quite a celebration! God Bless America! Now you surely must understand why Independence Day is my favorite.

 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.
  From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
  from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
  he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

  No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
  to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

  We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
  In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
  May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.” –Ps 33:12-22

I hope your summer has plenty of celebratory moments, too, my Gentle Reader.


BY THE WAY. . . I’m hanging out at The Prairie Homestead today, with a bunch of cool links. Come on over and join me!

10 thoughts on “Tomfoolery on Independence Day

  1. Arla DeField

    What an awesome picture essay of your 4th Celebration. My husband and I enjoyed a rather quiet day, watched the fireworks from the roof of our Bluebird motorhome, watched a movie after and enjoyed a day of rest.

  2. Alana(@RamblinGarden)

    Oh, Amy, sounds like a fun time. Love brats. Love watermelon. Loved the dragonfly photos. Loved the neighborhood fireworks, which are quite illegal in my native New York State but that never seems to stop anyone. I never did see “official” fireworks on the 4th of July; I saw a minor league ball game which went 16 innings. We went home after the 15th inning. It was a good game, and they had a great fireworks display after the game, but we missed it. Alas! Maybe next year.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      We haven’t gone to a big fireworks display for years, though I love watching them. My kids always like doing their own thing–not surprising.;)

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      It’s a great day to just enjoy good food and good company, isn’t it Jeanine? Thank you for your comment!

  3. Chef William Chaney

    We visited some friends and enjoyed beer brats, burgers, potato salad. etc. Our host makes his own home made beer and the hosts father makes home made peach wine, so the drinks were pretty nice as well. Before we started spending half a year in Mexico, we would host the parties here and it was an all day thing with me cooking etc, but now that we are “Just Visiting Wisconsin” from our home in Mexico, we seem to be invited to a cookout about every two weeks. I’m lovin it.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Chef, I must admit I’m a bit jealous! Getting asked over that often must be such a pleasure, not to mention homemade peach wine! Yum!

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