Friday, October 19, 2012

Beach Bonfire


You May be a Redneck if....

Back story - We've been trying to remember how this idea took root in our family. I believe Jared mentioned wanting to burn a math or science book when he was done with it. I replied that we could surely do that. We've noted bonfires are common on the beaches here...and anything that can burn is burned. You need to KNOW that before you judge us in the photos below...because 1. when in Rome do as the Romans and 2. This is OUR family - we have a strange sense of fun and I don't think we are in danger of miscommunicating our respect for education....OK with those disclaimers in place....

We decided last night was THE night for a beach bonfire. We  planned to have weekly bonfires this summer....invite friends...but our summer went awry.... 

The girls happened to have a couple of broken down dressers that needed to be re-purposed. We also had a broken down wooden video rack and a stack of old consumable workbooks from the previous year of school.  Sounds like BONFIRE to me! 

Michael bought s'more fixings and after dinner we headed out. It was beautiful. There were two other groups out doing the same....well burning various other things. ::grin:: 

The books made great starter, the video rack supplied wonderful kindling and the dressers burned long and well. We DID stay until it was all burned out, covered in sand and out!  No garbage left on the beach....however, if you happen to find a spare American math or phonics page on the beach this week, please pick it up for us. 

 Isn't that a cool wind break? For those who have heard Michael's sermon illustrations of throwing various gun-powder-filled items in a bonfire - please know he is NOW a responsible father of nine! We've just started Astronomy and the star-gazing on the beach was phenomenal.

I know it's disturbing...but consider this...Zander pointed out the Romans would burn their children's toys when they progressed from childhood to youth....we considered this to be that sort of rite of passage. . . progressing from one school year to the next! When Nolan threw the book below in (Easy Grammar - Jr High) it reminded me that Zander is doing well enough with phonics I think I can order Easy Grammar 3/4 for him by mid-year. LOL 

This was great fun for the kids....."maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh"

Give a gal her brother's cell phone when he graduates and you just LOSE her!!!!!!!!!!

Fireworks are a popular summer pastime in Japan. We hadn't used up our stock....and this was a great spot to do it....At this point Yuuki approved....

We discovered she really does not like fireworks! 

Fireside thoughts....

No photos of s'mores as I was busy trying to assemble melted marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers without adding sand to the mix! ::grin:: I plan to have a s'more party when I get back from Conference....because while they do have sugar (which I'm avoiding) they CAN be vegan.  Who can really resist the lure of fire and chocolate?

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

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