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July 4th!

This fourth of July we spent at the Octaranch with a few of our friend! There was about 30 of us in all, and we had a blast (literally shooting firerworks off at dusk!)

Our family!

This July 4th we had the Richardsons, Moss’, Beans, Paquettes, and the Ericksons all gather at the Octaranch for a big party!



We had water gun wars!


Shooting BB guns!

Playing Nerf Lazer tag! James loved it so much as you can tell!

Grandpa drove the tractor around!

Water balloon fight!

Rilyn and Ella meant business…
Target: Asher

Something tells me Asher will get payback one day…

Water balloon toss!

The cows and bull came close to join the party!

At dusk, we started lighting fireworks!

First up-smoke bombs!

Rilyn lit a bumblebee. Can you see it?

A little sparkler fun!

After we lit our own fireworks, we went to George Bush Library to watch the big show!

Ladies man! Jakers and the girls!

It was a perfect day!


Happy 60th dad!

The night of the fourth, we went to watch the George Bush library firework show. We had to drag our kids to it, because they were scared to death that another fire would start, but we assured them that these were professionals lighting fireworks!

reactions to watching the beautiful fireworks!

LOL…these are obviously FAKE reactions to watching fireworks!

again, fake reactions…maybe we need to work on our acting skills!

My dad turned 60 on July 6th, and we celebrated some more at the Octaranch, despite having almost burned down the place! 🙂 James and my brother worked hard on the ranch, doing as much manual labor they could for my dad! Even Ella joined in! Dad is a godly, hard worker, self-less man who is all about making fun memories with his grandkids!

Me. my sister, dad, and brother!

For my dad’s birthday, we transferred all our old VHS tapes and Super 8 reels into DVDs! It was definitely a good idea, can you tell?

happy tears…


FIRE on the Fourth!!!

I always thought that playing with fireworks was just fun and innocent, (I grew up lighting fireworks in the neighborhood streets), and all those warnings about starting fires were for dummies who lit a firework in a dry cornfield or something…well…fireworks are DANGEROUS and I learned that first hand this July 4th!

Let’s start out with a sweet, patriotic family picture before the chaos…

We were in College Station, at my parents Octaranch having some family fun!

water gun fight!

James trying to shoot my dad!

water gun rage!

having some of aunt Jessica’s birthday cake!

look at all the danger…

So all was fun and games at first

sparkler fun from Asher

look how high!

Then my brother and James paused before lighting a 9 tubed firework. It had lots of “cautions” on it but they figured as long as they set it on a flat stone, it should be fine. Based on the previous pictures, you can tell that I was not with the rest of the family. As soon as the firework lit and blew out it’s first tube, it turned sideways and started blowing 8 more rockets of fire out in a clockwise direction. It shot one under our car, one at my sister’s car, (causing a dent), one right past me in which a small fire immediately started, one rocket across the street that started a larger fire, one at my sister-in-law’s leg that caused a 6 inch bruise and one at Rilyn’s boot! Chaos immediately ensued as this was the size of the fire:

sorry for the poor quality, but I was shaking pretty bad and screaming for someone to call 911. And that is my dad running into the fire with a bucket of water

The fire by me was pretty small, but still the size of an extra large pizza. My dad came running with a bucket of water, but tripped right in front of my fire and spilled it all, so I was forced to put it out with stepping on it (thank goodness I was wearing tennis shoes!) The kids were all in hysterics by this time screaming and crying and I just kept on taking pictures because that’s just what I do! 🙂

again, apologies for the poor quality, I was shaking too!

aunt Jessica and aunt Becca trying to comfort them

I’m pretty sure we scarred our kids for life on enjoying fireworks.

Thankfully, my dad had a very long hose ready in case of anything like this happening, and so with the help of 4 men together, they put the fire out. The fire was about 4 feet deep, 5 feet tall, and 4 feet wide. It could of been MUCH WORSE if the winds were any stronger, because the firework landed in a pretty dry area. My mom was just about to call 911 when my dad had it out. The whole incident took about 2 to 3 minutes, but it felt like eternity as I thought we were going to be the ones responsible for burning College Station down. Our adrenaline didn’t come down for hours after that and we couldn’t stop talking about how blessed we were.

Even after the fire, we lit a few more fireworks so as not to live in fear.  Rilyn was the only one who would watch them though.  All the other kids hid in the house.  🙂

We went to the George Bush library firework show after MUCH coercing the kids. I’ll save those pictures for another post though!


Happy July 4th!!

Highlights from our holiday include:

Asher’s first July 4th!

Winning most ‘patriotic family’ at the neighborhood parade!  Rilyn won ‘craziest hat’ award too which was a gift card to Target.  When she went up to get it she shouted, “Yes!  I got a credit card like mommy!”

Being silly siblings

grilling out with the Suh’s, and last but certainly not least…the kids first time watching fireworks!!!


July 7th Neighborhood Parade

So, we had a neighborhood parade today and mommy ‘pimped our ride’.  😉  They had judges to look at our wagons and we won “Coolest Ride”!  (Mommy got a Target gift certificate-whoopee.  I got a gold medallion!!!)  Mom’s note:  Yes, they were the 5 cent plastic ones.  We followed a fire truck as we paraded around our neighborhood pool/clubhouse.  Then we bounced in bounce houses and ate barbeque.  What a fun morning with mommy and grandma.  We miss daddy, we’ll see him tomorrow night!  Have a safe flight daddy!


July 4th

We had our 3rd annual July 4th barbeque/pool party at my parents house.  We somehow managed to get a group shot of the kiddos this year.  From L to R:  Mason Rice, Anna Richardson, Ella Paquette, Rilyn Paquette, Ella Douglass, Cole Richardson, and Dasan Hill.

My photography business!

June 2023