Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July Festivities

I LOVE the 4th of July! We had so much fun celebrating this year. I guess technically the first thing I did to get festive was paint my nails in honor of the holiday. Those are little white stars on them in case you can't tell.

The first activity we did was our annual BBQ and mini golf at Cascade. It's always so much fun. The food seemed especially good this year. Here are a few pictures...

Thursday morning me and Bran woke up early and went to see the hot air balloons with Kristi and Ben. It was so awesome! We took like a million pictures. Brandon said me and Kristi were like kids at Toys R Us. :) It's so fun though. I want to do it every year! So fun that we ended up going back on Saturday morning with Brandon's parents and Tara and Gary.

Here we are waiting for the balloons to come back for their competition, but they never made it.

Smokey the Bear landed right over by our house.

The actual day of the 4th was so awesome. It was great having work off and we sure made the most of our day. I started it out running in the 5k. Kristi, how did you and I not get any pictures together?!! It was so much fun. I want to try for the 10k next year, but we'll have to see.

This is the AMAZING bagel sandwich Brandon brought to me after the race. I'm so glad someone in our house knows how to make good food. It certainly isn't me.

So then we watched the parade, which was awesome.

The big blow up balloons are one of my favorite things about the parade.

I had to include a picture of the Strawberry Days float since I grew up in Lindon.

This picture was taken for a certain someone. I think you know who you are. ;)

Later in the day we went swimming but I didn't take any pictures there. And we watched fireworks of course at night. It was an awesome day.

On Saturday we hiked up to Stewart Falls. It was harder and longer than we remembered but it was still a really fun hike. If only we knew what we were getting ourselves into, we probably would have let Shannon (5 months pregnant) and Haley (4 years old) stay behind. :) We had fun with everyone together though.

Later that day we went to the Freedom Festival in downtown Provo to get our two favorite things: Twisted Potatoes and Funnel Cake. I didn't have my camera with me so I don't have any pictures but man, they are so yummy! Here are some pictures courtesty of Google Images in case you guys don't know what these are. I highly recommend them!

Funnel Cake:

Twisted Potatoes:

Anyway, we had a fabulous weekend and now after work today we are headed off to Canada for a week so stay tuned for a post about our trip. :)


Hannah S said...

wow! Sounds like you had a blast the whole weekend!!! I love the monkey float w/the library in the background...I thought you were in Europe for a second...anyway, I'm happy you enjoyed your 5k! I hope you can do a 10k next summer! Great goal! Have fun in Canada!

Jennie said...

I love the toe nails!! What a busy fun weekend. I love the 4th in Utah, it always seems more patriotic.

Barb said...

According to that balloon picture from the parade, I was sitting directly across from you! We were in a spirit war with Big Buddha. HA HA! After I get settled and everything we definitely should get together! I can't believe it's been 5 years...

Jessica said...

LOL, Scott and I stayed in line for half an hour in the sun for those twisted taters! So, so good.

Stacey said...

We planned on going to the balloons and parade but 6:30 came really early in the morning. I never remember it being that great so I didn't have too big of a desire to go but seeing your blog, I really regret it now. Hope you have fun in Canada!

Blake ~ Amber ~ Noah ~ Jade said...

Holy Cow your a busy lady. LOVE the toes, i'm so ready for a nice relaxing pedicure right about now!!

Ryan + Jess said...

Your post officially made me homesick. You did so many fun things! I love the 4th.