yes i realize that this was over a week ago and i am a bit behind in posting these. i will blame that on the CPA exam, which seems to be taking most of the blame around here lately. we decided to stay local and catch the fireworks here in Fairfax, even though some of the greatest fireworks in the US are just a short metro ride away. the reason for that is A) we have seen them before B) metroing with a sleepy child in the 90 degree heat is painful C) it is unbelievably crowded and you have to wait in long lines for the metro. so we stayed local, and Fairfax didn’t let us down!