New Year's

I can't believe it's been a week since New Year's Day!

We had a wicked stomach virus run through the whole family between Christmas and New Year's and our business is booming (which is really odd for this time of the year) so it seems like time has flown by.

Fortunately, all of us were well on New Year's Eve and had a great time at my BIL's house.

The Island King and his brother cooked chicken on the grill which was interesting to watch because they both them think they are the only ones who know how to use a grill.

My MIL watched from the sidelines, telling them they were both wrong the whole time.

Despite the different opinions the food was excellent.

We spent a lot of time inside playing the Wii.

And it wouldn't be a party without fireworks.

My MIL's husband brought some mortars, which are illegal in Florida, but a short drive to the Alabama border keeps those of us in Northwest Florida well supplied.

Which made my son, the pyromaniac, very happy.

My husband, king of all pyromaniacs, was excited too.

The first one went off without a hitch.

But not the next one.

The Island King lit it and ran - which is a good thing because the damn thing exploded on the ground.

It was a big enough explosion that even the king of all pyromaniacs proclaimed "No more mortars - we're sticking with bottle rockets for tonight!"

Bottle rockets are legal here and really aren't that bad unless you stand 30 of them up in a concrete block and light them all at once with a blowtorch.

I hate it when he does that but it seems to be a real crowd pleaser for the 16 and under crowd.

Don't you just love to see children running wild and screaming Happy New Year in the yard in the middle of the night?

I'm sure the neighbors aren't as fond of it as I am.

It rained all day New Year's Day which was heavenly.

We spent the entire day in our pjs, played Wii games, read and took a long nap.

I can't think of a better way to rest up for a New Year.