Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

What a holiday! We love the 4th of July and all of its festivities. We started out our day with the annual Ten Mile Ward Breakfast, which was delicious and full of great talks and songs. We then played at home, went to see Jay at the Farmer's Market, got in a nap (yea!), and finished up preparation for our BBQ at our house. (This is Jen and me at our BBQ.)

Each year we invite all of our friends and neighbors over for a BBQ and fireworks. This year was our best ever! We loved having the Cases bring Erin's family (this is Lex and Erin with her dad and little Cyrus). Each family brought something to share and our potluck table was packed with all the 4th of July favorites!

We had friends come from all over the area to join in on the fun! We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends with which to spend our time. (This is Eric and Melissa Rafn.)

I even got to get in on the fireworks fun this year with sparklers and lighting the fireworks in the road. I even lit some flowers and threw them in the air...getting daring in my old age! =)

Here Owen and Brooklyn, our neighbor girl, are sharing some fire to make the sparklers light up. The kids enjoyed the fireworks more than ever. Zack got to be the big kid again and help Lex light the 'big ones.'

The Cases thought up this great idea: a Drinkery! They had all kinds of Italian sodas and fancy non-alcoholic drinks available to make. We had a huge line of everyone waiting to get their turn. Thanks Lex and Erin!

We hope that you all had a wonderful day enjoying your freedom in our beautiful country. We feel so thankful for all of the many blessings that we have received because of those who have gone before and made our freedom possible. Happy Independence Day!


  1. Wow! What fun pictures of your fun day. Looks like everyone had a great time. Loved the drinkery idea - Italian sodas are my favorite.

  2. The fourth of July is my favorite holiday. I love the family, friends, and of course the food. What a fun idea for drinks. Yummy!

  3. We have an incredible fireworks display from our balcony. Boy, some people love blowing up $$$. It can't compete with all your great friends and family. Glad you have such holidays! mom

  4. what great entertainers you are, and brave too! We went camping and didn't even see or do one firework. Maybe next year, the kids were not happy! You look fabulous, as always!


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