|Marguerite especially liked the smoke bombs.|
|We had made a cheesecake with Hope the day before, so we decorated it accordingly.|
|The dads had fun being the grillmasters.|
|Josie was in love with Nora the kitten, who was obliging enough to sit with her while she watched the fireworks.|
The Pepino kids had never done sparklers, so there was a lot of excitement when we got out a bunch. We had bought 150 sparklers for the occasion--they are a family favorite.
Claudia had Raphael, Tessie, and me write USA with our sparklers while she took photos with long exposure, to see the word. Only one worked, and we were thrilled. We celebrated with s'mores, minus the graham cracker and marshmallow.
|Happy Birthday America!|