Merrill kept that tradition alive, and I am sooo thankful for friends who love us so much. AJ turned 13 last year... this was his year to join the ranks of adults and be allowed to set off some of the fireworks. He was so happy and excited. Reesie doesn't leave for Costa Rica till this afternoon, so she was there with us and helped also. The night was warm, and the skies were clear... just perfect.
DeeDee made a huge bowl of wonderful fruit salad (we made a BIG dent in that) and we all sat in the front yard grass and enjoyed the fireworks and the laughter.
Today I drive Reesie to Atlanta and watch her wing away to Costa Rica on her great adventure. So happy she has the opportunity to study abroad and experience another culture, a different way of life. More from our adventure soon.