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With Aunt Donelda in town for Will's birthday, we took advantage of the great weather and all went to Muskogee's River Country water park.
We spent most of our time on the Willow Creek lazy river.
But, we also ventured out to the Whoop'n Holler Hollow water slides...
...the Crawdad Corner water playground...
...and even the Gator Walk obstacle course.
But, we only got the camera out for the lazy river ride.
We all had a great time in the sun and water.
We broke for a little lunch at Bait Shop and then got right back to it.
The boys really enjoyed spending the day with Aunt Donelda.
This evening we all headed out to see the Tulsa River Parks fireworks display and, thanks to our matching patriotic t-shirts and adorable children, channel 8 news stopped to interview us for a montage about people's thoughts on the meaning of the 4th of July.
Landon couldn't get through the inflatable obstacle course fast enough and would dart off at the end to go get into line again.
Will was Landon's obstacle course partner. They had a great time racing each other.
Drew braved the challenge of the Vertical Extreme.
I'm sure the climbing wall looked even higher from Drew's vantage point.
It wasn't easy, but Drew never gave up, and made it up to the top!
And, then the fireworks began. A nice symmetrical double bloom.
A pretty cool spherical explosion.
A nice shot showing the ground works on the 23rd street bridge.
A single with a tail.
There's a lot going on in this one.
I like the semi-random squiggly nature of this one.
This one is my favorite. It looks the most floral to me.
I like how this one looks like a sea anemone and the color is really unique too.
This one is really unique, not sure if I've shot one like this before.
This one is rather psychedelic.
Rather ordinary, but I thought the dispersal of the blue and white was interesting in how it differs between the two.
Starting to get close to the finale.
A few seconds of the grand finale. Happy 4th of July!
Today is the 75th anniversary of the greatest sports related speech ever made and one of the greatest speeches of all time by a truly great man. After one of the indisputably greatest baseball players of all time had his career cut short by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) he stood before his fans and declared himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" who had merely "been given a bad break."
There is not a professional sports player, Hollywood celebrity or everyday man or woman who could not learn something from the humble grace displayed by Lou Gehrig.
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans."
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky."
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift--that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies--that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter--that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body--it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed--that's the finest I know."
"So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
--Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939
Read more about Lou Gehrig's farewell speech at Yankee Stadium at ESPN. Click on the MLB logo above for the league's video tribute. Or, consider making a donation to the ALS Association.
Our neighborhood had its annual 4th of July parade this morning. Everyone decorated their bike, scooters, and other means of transportation and followed a fire truck from our local fire station around our neighborhood to our park.
The boys got to go inside and on top of the fire truck.
For the grand finale, the firemen hosed everyone down. Happy 4th of July!