4th of July Weekend!!!

I LOOOOVE the 4th of July!!!!!  And I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOVED that the 4th of July was on Sunday this year and that all the festivities were spread out over four days!!!  Here’s a brief report of the fun we had:

We started the weekend off on Friday with something new for us that I am hoping will become another part of our traditions.  We went to the Utah Symphony’s Patriotic Celebration at the Sundance outdoor amphitheater.  Cari and I had a long list of patriotic songs we wanted to hear so we were probably impossible to please, but it was still very good.

Spencer, Cari, Rob, Krissy, Josh, Jenn

Cari wasn’t expecting to hike down a mountain in the dark when she chose her shoes 🙂

The next morning we woke up early to watch the hot air balloon launch.

Unfortunately, it was too windy for any launching and barely any inflating….

We had a little impromptu BBQ at our house later that afternoon.

Then Cari came with us to the MTC field to watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks.

We went to church on Sunday where I cried, once again, as we sang all the verses to “The Star Spangled Banner”.  I bet most of the United States doesn’t even KNOW there are more verses.  And, if you ask me, this is THE MOST important and meaningful verse, ESPECIALLY NOW!!!!!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

After church we went to Josh’s parents’ for another BBQ.  We brought huge marshmallows to roast and Josh made Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler…and Josh’s mom made my favorite chocolate pudding dessert…oh man, I ate way too much! Then the kids went wild with sparklers.

Ashton is a VERY patient boy 🙂

The next morning we went to the Freedom Festival Parade.  (Thank you Nate, Steph, Fia, Sheri and EVERYONE for letting us reap the rewards of your long day and night of place-saving)

We went home, we ALL took naps (it was amazing and SOOOOO needed), and then we had, that’s right folks, another BBQ!