Couple fired up about birth of son on Independence Day
The Pines found another reason to celebrate Independence Day this year when a new little firecracker Brett Andrew Pine was born on the Fourth of July.
For 54 years, Pines Family Fireworks has operated a fireworks stand near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 24-59, just outside of Lawrence.
It's always a busy time of year for the Pine family.
And this year there was even more going on.
At 5:52 p.m. on July 4, Brett Andrew Pine was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His parents are Mark and Jennifer Pine of Tonganoxie.
Even though the infant's due date wasn't until July 11, Jennifer said she wasn't surprised he arrived early.
"I kept telling myself I knew it was going to happen," Jennifer said. "We were so busy then."
And it only took a couple of phone calls to let the family know of Brett's arrival.
"There were probably 25 to 30 relatives at the fireworks stand that night," Jennifer said.
The early birth was especially welcome, Jennifer said.
"Mark was excited because he looked forward to the Fourth of July every year he likes it better than Christmas," she said. "Now he has an extra reason to like it."
Brett weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Marvin and Kathy Pine, Lawrence, and Al and Holly Endsley, Kansas City, Kan.