Well, the fourth of July has come and gone.
I actually went out and bought fireworks this year, and not the pre-packaged ones from Walmart.
|I strongly dislike Walmart. Unfortuantely, I can't afford not to shop there.|
But I digressss....
We went to one of the many firework distributers in the FM area,
this one happened to be near Fleet Farm.
I wandered up and down the aisles with my boys in tow,
examining the vast array of thing that go BOOM!
I wanted to strike the right balance with the fireworks we purchased;
exciting enough to amaze my boys,
but not so exciting our neighbors call the cops.
We live in town and happen to have 3 different cops living within a 5 block radius of our house. It wouldn't take but a minute for them to show up on our doorstep.
So, we spent 20 minutes inspecting our potential purchases and asking a very helpful sales lady for assistance determining which fireworks we wanted to blow up. Smoke bombs were a must, as were sparklers. I grabbed a few boxes of snappers and began perusing some of the higher priced wares. A large green ball appropriately named Dakota Frog, caught my eye, and I mentally earmarked it to come back to later.
I did pick up one of their 'party packs' that had a decent variety and seemed to adhere to MN laws (for the most part). I tallied up my total and then decided to let each of the boys pick a firework, providing they were each under $5. Archie chose a parachuting one, Ichabod chose a very tame package of glow snakes, and Roland found one that just emitted sparks. I headed to the checkout and saw my husband had a few, including the Dakota frog I had been eyeing. Our total came to just under $30 and the sales clerk handed each of the boys a freebie to boot. Not bad!
In our back yard we have a large dirt pile
(because really, what little boy doesn't like dirt?)
that my trio had previously turned into a volcano. The volcano made a good launch pad and we proceeded to fill our neighborhood with the smell of gunpowder. Not a single dud in our 5 packages of smoke bombs and it turned out the 3 freebie were the actually pretty great. The Dakota Frog was very tame but enjoyable and all in all it was a pleasant evening. No one got hurt, burned or even mildly maimed. It was a great kick off for tomorrow's firework show at MSUM.....