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Old 07-04-2011, 07:51 PM
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Happy Fourth of July Christmas Family !!


It is a little overcast here toay but looks very nice outside.

Actually, I have to be honest. I got devastating news last evening that my brother-in-law who is the closest I have to a brother was discovered to have a HUGE abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is going to undergo surgery Thursday. It is not leaking and it is not ruptured (Thank God) but I am frightened. I type these things all the time and I know the stuff than can go wrong.

Anyone who prays, please pray for my dear brother-in-law Wes. Of course, the cardiologist is apparently being nonchalant about the whole thing. Has to order a patch or something and then the operation will be Thursday. I can't seem to stop crying

Thanks Christmas Family xo
I hope everything goes well for your brother in law, I will keep him in my prayers. take care
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Originally Posted by caninemom3 View Post
Happy Fourth of July Christmas Family !!


It is a little overcast here toay but looks very nice outside.

Actually, I have to be honest. I got devastating news last evening that my brother-in-law who is the closest I have to a brother was discovered to have a HUGE abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is going to undergo surgery Thursday. It is not leaking and it is not ruptured (Thank God) but I am frightened. I type these things all the time and I know the stuff than can go wrong.

Anyone who prays, please pray for my dear brother-in-law Wes. Of course, the cardiologist is apparently being nonchalant about the whole thing. Has to order a patch or something and then the operation will be Thursday. I can't seem to stop crying

Thanks Christmas Family xo
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I have had a rough few days while most people have been planning their fourth of July parties and cookouts my family has been preparing for a wake and funeral. My brother in law who was only 55 passed away in his sleep on Friday morning very unexpectedly.we never saw this coming in a million years, He was also my best man at my Christmas Eve wedding . so if you could keep my family in your prayers this week it would be great.
I am so sorry to hear about this caninemom3 and RachRon! My thought and prayers go out to both of you and everyone effected. God bless and I am hoping for the best for both of you.
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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! This year's holiday was quite uneventful. We just did things around the house and relaxed. It was nice for a change. Last week we received our Fall issue of LTD Commodities! That means the next issue is the Christmas issue! I can't wait! Now that the 4th is over, I am looking forward to Fall and Christmas!
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Actually, I have to be honest. I got devastating news last evening that my brother-in-law who is the closest I have to a brother was discovered to have a HUGE abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is going to undergo surgery Thursday. It is not leaking and it is not ruptured (Thank God) but I am frightened. I type these things all the time and I know the stuff than can go wrong.
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I have had a rough few days while most people have been planning their fourth of July parties and cookouts my family has been preparing for a wake and funeral. My brother in law who was only 55 passed away in his sleep on Friday morning very unexpectedly.we never saw this coming in a million years, He was also my best man at my Christmas Eve wedding . so if you could keep my family in your prayers this week it would be great.

Both of you and your families will be in my prayers this week.
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Wow what a day. We had a lot of food, a lot of people, and a lot of fun. The one thing we didn't have was a lot of fireworks. The rest of the neighborhood took care of that for us though. Now I am exhausted and I am going to head to bed. I have a big mess to clean up after having my nieces for 2 nights in a row so I am going to need all of the energy I can get tomorrow. Goodnight Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by HoosierChristmas View Post
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! This year's holiday was quite uneventful. We just did things around the house and relaxed. It was nice for a change. Last week we received our Fall issue of LTD Commodities! That means the next issue is the Christmas issue! I can't wait! Now that the 4th is over, I am looking forward to Fall and Christmas!
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Great day today! My husband went to work with me to help me feed the animals this morning. We were closed and it only took 30 minutes to feed everyone. Came home and cooked out then headed to the lake and watched 4 different fireworks show.

I hope everyone had a great 4th!
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Boy, what an epic Fourth.

Like most daytime hours on the Fourth it kind of dragged for me today. I was up working on the site until about 5 am and then went to bed for a few hours. When I got up around ten the kids were well underway with their water battle plans so I puttered, as they say. I watched 1776, which is kind of a tradition for me every 4th of July.

Then I went out to buy a few more "parachute men", the particular kind of daylight fireworks my kids have loved since they were little. You light them during the day and they shoot up about 50 feet in the air, explode and a little parachute opens and it falls to the groud. I bouight like 100 of them knowing with all the kids in the neighborhood, in the midst of battle, would love it.

And they did. The water fight was all ready by the time I got back from the store. The weather was weird today, kind of overcast and muggy but certainly not the hot we had yesterday. So they kids were kind of milling around, waiting I thought for someone to fire the first shot.

Well, the kids had prepped -- and this is no exageration -- more than 500 water bombs. They were all over the place so I grabbed an ice chest full of them and pulled them behind my car and started firing. I got off maybe four before the return barrage began.

I got creamed. Inside of 30 seconds I was soaked as every kid took aim at me and I got charged by my two teenage daughters (13 and 15 years old) who fearlessly and relentlessly attacked. I did my best to hold them off but I couldn't overcome all of them and the falling water bombs fired off from a distance.

After getting cleaned up from that and taking a safe view of things from inside I watched the battle before heading off to cook the food.

Utah is a state that has allowed fireworks in specific areas for years but this year they changed the laws and now anyone can shoot off fireworks that stay within 150 feet. That's a really big change and we didn't realize it until tonight.

We usually use the street in front of our house and the one across the street for the cookout and the fireworks (and, evidently, it is ground zero now for the water battle too). Everyone lines up chairs on either side and the Dads and older boys light off the fountains and such we've traditionally purchased. I looked at the new legal aerial fireworks available this year but didn't buy any because the cheapest ones were like $15 a piece and I just couldn't justify that. But a neighbor bought five of them and added them to the pile that everyone else brought.

This year it took us nearly 2 hours to get through it all but what really made it spectacular were all the new fireworks going off everywhere. The biggest fireworks show in the country is evidently held just south of me in Provo every year and they call it the Stadium of Fire. Well, from where I was sitting in front of my house I felt I was in the stadium of fire -- or living in Beirut -- as all these new fireworks filled the sky from every direction as my neighborhood erupted in fireworkds like I've never seen.

In years passed we have always had the fire department come by and check us out. It became something of an annual joke because we had several families involved in our festivities each year and we saw the same firemen every year. Last year, we actually talked them in to having a hot dog with us because we see them every year, they look at all the fireworks we're using and move on.

One year they came by just as we were ending our show. Three doors down from us there is an elementary school and some other neighbors at that precise moment had decided to use the school to shoot off their illegal fireworks they had obtained over the border in Wyoming. The firemen didn't even have time to turn one his lights, he made a beeline for the school and aprehended our neighbors. My neighbor across the street got smart and called the cops and asked that they be arrested. Turns out he called a family friend who was a cop and he did just that -- came out, cuffed the neighbor and put him in the squad car right in front of the firemen, who started to freak out because it was their job to issue citations and they didn't want to get in trouble for allowing a citizen to be arrested for illegal fireworks.

It all ended up fun and we have had a good laugh about it for years. But this year the firemen never came by and it made me a little sad.

When I'm not watching Christmas movies I'm watching baseball movies and one I love is callled The Sandlot, which is all about little boys and their love of baseball. There is a scene in that movie where they are playing ball on the Fourth as fireworks explode in the sky to the tune of America the Beautiful by Ray Charles. That was the way I felt tonight with all the fireworks going off at once in all directions in the sky.

It was an epic night, for sure. Once always to be remembered. I hope everyone here had a terrific weekend.
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Good for you, Jeff! Great post!

Off to bed, wore out! See everyone in the morning!
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