boomsday, labor day, and weekend fun.

There’s not much better than a long weekend.  Especially when a long weekend kicks off Staycation 2013.  Tommy wasn’t able to get off work when we went to the beach earlier in the summer, so he’s taking a couple of days off this week for some fun and rest.  We started Friday night off with Calhoun’s.  So good!  And then Jack had a blast playing with all the little girls who live on our street.  They’re like little mamas to him – which is working out really well for everyone, I think.  🙂 


Saturday was the first football game of the season.  It’s so fun that it’s exciting again!  We have a new coach and things are looking up this season.  A 45-0 victory was a good start to the season.  And a game with no penalties pretty impressive.  We enjoyed watching the game.  Even Jack was into it! 






Sunday morning we visited the cemetery after church.  Some of the leaves are starting to change colors there.  The seasons are getting ready to change. 






Sunday was Boomsday.  For those who don’t live in Knoxville, Boomsday is the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the nation.  It’s huge and impressive and one of my favorite Knoxville events ever.  I have such fond memories of Boomsday.  My dad used to work at the hospital that was right on the river where they shoot off the fireworks.  So we would go there to watch and have the best view.  They would have games and food and then we’d spread out blankets and watch the fireworks.  It also used to be on Labor Day, so we’d get to stay out really late on a school night.  Over time, they changed it to Sunday night before Labor Day, and I’ve watched Boomsday from a lot of locations.  In my hospital room at Children’s as a kid, from the top of my dorm as a college student, from the top of parking garages, and down by the river with the crowds of Knoxville.  Another part of why I love Boomsday so much is that Tommy and I met at Boomsday 8 years ago.  Yesterday was our 9th Boomsday together! 


We actually didn’t go yesterday, which was disappointing.  But since I have become heat intolerant this summer, and it was 89 degrees yesterday, it just didn’t seem like the best idea.  And even more so, Jack has had a cold and cough for the past several days, and second hand smoke is a big irritant for his reactive airway disease, so we thought the cough + smoke might not be good for him.  But we did let him stay up and watch it on TV and he was so very excited to watch fireworks on TV. 



And he wanted to take a picture of them.  On the TV.  In the dark. 




Today we are enjoying an extra weekend day and going to my parents’ for a cookout and some home made ice cream. 



Happy Labor Day!! 


For all my Knoxville friends, you know the wonders of Boomsday.  Let me take a minute to explain Boomsday to my friends in other parts of the country.


Boomsday — happens every year on Labor Day weekend.  This year, 2012, is the 25th anniversary.  Happy Birthday to you, Boomsday!  It is the LARGEST Labor Day fireworks show in the Nation.  The Nation, people.  They shoot the fireworks off a bridge over the river.  There’s food, games, and live entertainment, and it’s free.  And fun.  What could possibly be better than joining some 400,000 of your neighbors to oooohhh and aaaaahhh over the BEST FIREWORKS SHOW ever. period.


I have ALWAYS loved Boomsday.  When we were little our dad worked at the hospital that is right on the river, mere feet from the bridge where they shoot off the fireworks.  Employees got to come hang out on the top of the parking garage, bring their families, and get a front-row seat to the show.  They had food, music, the works.  I have glorious memories of this.  There is music on a local radio station that goes with the fireworks, so you really feel it.  Boomsday used to be on Labor Day, so it was even more special when we were younger because we got to stay up super late on a school night to do something super fun.  They’ve since changed it to Sunday night before Labor Day… smart guys.  One year I even watched the fireworks from my hospital room at Children’s Hospital.  That sure was a bright spot during a tough time.


Fast forward to college.  Boomsday 2005 was when I first met my husband.  The University of Tennessee campus runs right up the the river, and you can get a great view of the fireworks from the area around the basketball arena and football stadium.  This was the spot where I first met Tommy.  We didn’t necessarily “hit it off” right away, but I was pretty intrigued by him.  A couple of my friends and I went to meet up with my friend, Sarah, who was with her boyfriend, Randy, who was with Tommy and some other guys.  The short version– we met through mutual friends.  We all watched the fireworks, went to eat, and hung out together that night.  Tommy and I didn’t leave with each others’ numbers or a promise to see each other again soon.  But a few months later, we met up again, and have spent our days together ever since.


So tonight, as we watch our 8th Boomsday together, we remember this special day.  We’re not ones to keep up with little anniversaries and moments usually, but this one is sweet and it sticks.  I am thankful for that Boomsday back in 2005.  I am thankful for 8 Boomsdays together.  I am so thankful for my husband and that this year, we are sharing our 2nd Boomsday with our little guy.  Maybe next year he’ll be old enough to join in on the fun.


I always knew Boomsday was special, and now it holds a very special place in my heart.


In 2006– we were such kids! 🙂






These are all from 2006– apparently that was the last time I took Boomsday pictures.



Happy Boomsday, y’all!