Tuesday, July 6, 2010


he's definitely not the pyromaniac of the family yet. for the third year in a row, ryan has hated fireworks. it started when he was 11 months old—he was lying on the living room floor, and through the mini-blinds he caught a glimpse of the "pretties in the sky", and freaked out. it was the same story at 23 months. we brought him outside to look at the fireworks and he instantly screamed.

so this year we decided to go buy some kiddie fireworks to do with him. we got chickens, roosters, a turtle, tank, parachutes, flowers, fountains, sparklers, smoke bombs, etc. we played it all up for him, saying we'd have fun and blow them up after dinner.

since fireworks are illegal in kansas city, we went to a nearby legal city to set them off. we got our chairs set up, and daddy handed ryan a couple fireworks. what he did next cracked us up. apparently when we said we were gonna blow up the fireworks, he associated that with birthday candles...!

after ryan "blew up" most of the fireworks, it was daddy's turn. unfortunately i didn't warn ryan what they were gonna do! he liked the sparks at first (notice his cute little laugh!), but when that first chicken whistled, he freaked out. pyrotechnophobia again. and when daddy "bloke" (broke) the chicken, it set him over the edge!

ryan cried for the rest of the time and repeatedly wailed "no want it fireworks, no want it fireworks....!!!!" so daddy told him we could leave. i put ryan in the car as ben set off some more fireworks. and wouldn't you know? things suddenly got much better (as you can see at the end of this video!)

all i can say is, for spending $20 on fireworks and only setting off about $1.50, it was definitely worth the funny videos we got!


Heather said...

awwwww, Ryry. You're so cute! I love how you were "blowing up" the fireworks! :)

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Annalyn loved them, but during the grand finale of the display we watched, she got out her sunglasses because it was "too bright"! :)

Jess said...

That was so cute....Don't you just love little one's logic?! This year at the city fireworks we sat near a little boy who had brought ear muffs with and took them off halfway through saying it was better now.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Poor little man! It does make for a cute story though!