A Very MANLY 4th of July…

Last week Marc informed me that he and our friend Paul were going to take a manly road trip to West Virginia to score some illicit fireworks for the V family Fourth of July extravaganza. I said that Maddie and Jonathan would think that was awesome and asked if they were taking kids with. He told me that, no, this was a manly road trip, not a daddy road trip.

Boy howdy! Are those not the manliest men you have EVER seen?!! They are tough! They are MEAN. And when they got home they spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the computers in Paul’s office because that is what boys men do! YES SIR!! Just be careful around them.

Aves, Jonathan, Maddie and Katie did get to have a lot of pyrotechnic fun setting off the firework booty, because even though their dads are MEN, they know how to share. It is really hard to get a good fireworks picture. I need to take a class or something. Anyway, the show really was that good and I know because Paul and Gretchen’s neighbors started migrating down to their end of the cul-de-sac to partake in the flaming glory, and they stayed even when it rained,

and, when the helicopter (optipopter as my little brother, now bigger brother, Paul used to say) was seen overhead Gretchen was positive it was coming for us. Gretchen is so sweet to risk her clean criminal record each year by hosting the best Fourth of July Party in Town. Thanks guys! We love you. Oh, and H family, it is not the same without you, so no more family shmamily trips during OUR time. And don’t even get me started on Scouts!

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    Paige said,

    You know it! We will be there!

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    Aunt Colleen said,

    I’m so jealous….I didn’t see any fireworks this year. Maybe tomorrow night at Blissfield’s yearly festival, if it doesn’t rain (as predicted).

    Sounds like you all had a great time and no one got arrested!

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    Mom said,

    It must run in the family, because you always said “optipopter” when you were little. I would say, “Michelle, can you say ‘hel’?” And you would say it perfectly. Then I would say, “Can you say ‘il’?” And you would. Then, “Can you say ‘cop’?’ And you would. Finally, “Can you say ‘ter’?” Ditto. Then I would pose the final question, “Can you say ‘hellicopter’?” And you would chirp, “Optipopter!”

    Are you sure you didn’t teach Paul to say “optipoter” yourself?


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