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Fun Fourth

We had our choice of fireworks displays on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We were all pretty pooped on Friday and went to bed early, so drove over to Menasha on Saturday night to watch -- and also saw a few from Neenah's display over the treetops as a bonus.

Last night, I stood in the street out front of my house and saw sparks from the display in Kimberly:


It's just over a year 'til the Pyrotechnics Guild is back in the area for their convention -- fireworks every night for a week!  I can't wait.

There was a lot of socializing and lots of good food.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, steaks, lots of salads.  Katie made some yummy Maple Cheesecake Bars for dessert on Friday, and I made Strawberry Shortcake w/Blueberries for Saturday -- with taster's choice of angel food cake or biscuits!  (I'm partial to biscuits.)


Grill decor

My stepdad's new grill was well initiated... and decorated.

I was a bit reluctant, but found myself at Barnes & Noble and then at the mall on Saturday afternoon... and it was good.  I used up a Williams-Sonoma gift card, and found a couple of tops on sale at Banana Republic and J.Jill.  Some people also went to a movie between dinner and fireworks... I skipped that part.

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In other news, my niece is celebrating her 22nd birthday today -- in Italy!  She's studying photography in Florence for the next five weeks.  In a very happy and welcome surprise, my mom and her hubs will also be in Italy in about two weeks!  There's a machine being built in Milan for my stepdad's company and they need someone to check it out before it's shipped.  Yeah.  It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it!!



An all American weekend! Our dogs aren't fond of fireworks which means we're not too into fireworks. Your burgers sure look tasty!


Perhaps step-dad's company needs someone to document the inspection with photos -- know anyone who go along to take care of that part?


OMG, no kidding!!  That, or my mother needs a travelling companion for when he's "working"!!

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