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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
For the first time since Reese was in 3rd grade (he's now going into 8th), we haven't done our own fireworks! Nikolai never has. So, now that they are 14 and 15 y.o., I decided it was TIME to let them have their fun. We bought silly things that spark on the ground, smoke bombs, lots of bottle rockets, and a dozen Roman Candles. We had a blast! Unfortunately, Mark felt horrible all day, so we hardly saw anything of him, so he didn't get to play with us. Poor guy!!!!! He said he heard the action from inside, though. (Bless his heart!)

Here are some pictures. I am really impressed with how they turned out! My new camera is GREAT and I didn't have ONE dud!!! I used my tripod for stability, and set the camera on all auto for night scenes and it really did its thing! I LOVE my new camera!!
Lighting the smoke bomb.

Cool - purple smoke!

Not sure why he was so close to the "tank" flamey sparkly shoot up thingie.

Lighting a Roman Candle (You'll notice that Reese did all of the lighting - Nikolai is a bit of a pyromaniac, so he wasn't allowed near the lighter!)

A neighbor kid demonstrated that it was safe enough to hold the RC by hand (I was horrified until I saw him do it!) so, after much internal debate, I allowed it, and it was sooooo much fun! The kids did great following all of my safety rules, and we got some great shots!

This is one of my favorite shots of the night.

Reese's turn!

This is Reese's favorite one.

For all of the grandmothers out there, don't worry! We were VERY safety conscious and the boys didn't do anything without me doing it first. Our neighbors across the street (college age guys) had HUGE rockets and they shot theirs kind of "wherever and however" and made us look like a bunch of preschoolers! LOL But we had fun and we really were very safe. The boys did great (though of course, Reese was wishing he were with the guys across the street...!).

Hope you had a Happy Fourth as well!


Jane Smith said...

That one with Reese looks like a ghost! I think it's the last one! Good pics Missy! You DO have a great camera!! Looks like fun but too bad Mark couldn't have joined you. Hope he's doing better today!

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