Blasting Into the New Year, Texas Style

If you’re ringing in the New Year in Texas, you’re going to see some fireworks.

The first year we lived here, I admit, we were bewildered by it. But by the second year, it’s safe to say we had caught the bug.

Luckily, we have some good friends at church who are experts at putting on an amazing New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza. I don’t even want to consider the cost to them for putting on such a show, but I do know it’s an event not to be missed, and I think perhaps 75 people showed up this year in lawn chairs and on blankets to sit and watch the spectacle.

Preparing for the show…

getting ready for fireworks

Our friend started the fireworks at about 11:30pm. The show was a good 40 minutes long, with a huge surge right at midnight. It was loud, it was bright, and and something to behold.

Fireworks collage

Our friend has been doing this for several years and has enlisted a great deal of help in setting things up, lighting the fuses, and cleaning up. It’s amazing how professional they are, though this is truly just a block party at heart. As fun as it was to watch the sky, watching the men at work on the ground was pretty neat, too.

Fireworks from ground collage

Of course, maybe my favorite thing to watch was my 4yo son, who was finally old enough this year to appreciate most of the show without fussing or getting scared. True, 1/3 of the way through the show he decided to go watch from inside, but only because it was exceedingly loud.

Eli fireworks collage

Once the show is done, our friends let the kids run out and play with sparklers while the papers and spent artillery are cleaned up. It’s a fabulous night, and I am grateful for their generosity.

kids sparklers collage