Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Fourth

Quite a day! We started off the day with each of us getting decked out in our red - white - and - blue stuff--Hope is here with her obviously beloved hat (which would have come off in half a second had it not been tied on under her chin with straps), then heading off with Gammie (my mother) for a train ride.
Here we are aboard the train; Hope did really well with all the whistles and brakes hissing and such...of course, there was plenty to look at, so of course she was more or less happy...
A great picture of my lovely daughter watching the woods whiz by as we head down the tracks. And no, that's not me about to throw her out the window, that's just paranoid Papi knowing good and well that he has a daughter that at any moment could lunge unpredictably out to grab anything she sees, and thus is determined to keep her inside the car, thankyouverymuch...

Audra loves this pic, as do I...Hope had too much to look at, if that's possible; our little explorer just got tuckered out about two-thirds of the way into the return trip and nodded off on Mommy's chest. Awwww....


Papi, Gammie, Mommy and a completely zonked-out Hope in front of the train after arriving back at the station.


Later that night, Hope gets an up-close (emphasis on the "up") encounter with Uncle Sam. Didn't quite know what to make of it, but didn't cry...










From L to R: My uncle Jeff, my uncle Kenton, and Yours Truly, finding creative methods of flag-display (and, in my case, enjoying a nice Shiner Bock or three...).





The ladies, from L to R: My aunt Judy, Hope, Audra, my aunt Terri, and Gammie.



A VERY fortunate pic of Anza and Mommy looking up at the fireworks later that night. I say "fortunate" because almost immediately after this was taken, Hope began to cry from the fireworks, and Audra took her inside to watch from the bay windows.



The rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air...










Yep...still there... (A pic of three of the six flags over TX taken outside the train station)

6 comments:

Rhology said...

Is it even legal to drink Shiner Bock on the 4th of July in Texas? I mean, wouldn't you have to drink like Bud or (Head for the Mountains with George) Busch?

David Bryan said...

Um, son, let me give you a li'l edu-ma-cation re: Texas and beer.

Shiner Bock is Texas brewed, Texas bottled. Ditto Lone Star beer. As a result, they are considered, by default, acceptable beers (and in some cases, the ONLY acceptable beers), any day of the year, period.

For proof of this, regard the last picture in this post. We're often very mindful of our past as a sovreign, separate republic--as well as a sovreign, once-seceded state--and thus are eager to promote all things Texan, even over and above the all-American staples of Bud et al (hence why we love the fact that we can fly the Lone Star flag at the same level as the Stars and Stripes, which we can do because we're the only state to join the Union by international contract instead of territorial annexation).

Also, keep in mind that
>July 4th, 1845
was the date when the Sovreign Republic of Texas (wisely) elected to assent to the movement within the American Congress to have TX join the USA. So consider it a toast to the wisdom of Texan/American solidarity in the face of threats of continued conflict w/Mexico.

Either that, or I just like Shiner Bock. Leemee 'lone.

quijotefan83 said...

Shiner Bock... dang good stuff. I would recommend Fat Tire, but seeing as it's still within "Fourth of July" time, you might want to wait before you try something brewed in Colorado. And wait until the Shiner stash has gotten low.

Rhology said...

I didn`t mean to imply nothin` `bout yo precious booze and Texas. I did not actually realise that Shiner Bock is TX brewed and all that; thought it was Deutsch or something.

Mimi said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Eric Weiss said...

Today's QUICK (free Dallas Morning News mini-newspaper in newsstand boxes) has a cover article (and on p. 14) about Tequila:

http://www.quickdfw.com/