Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Balloon Festival

I love that the 4th of July was on a Monday this year and we got to celebrate it over the entire weekend. Friday, July 1st we woke up bright and early to go see the hot air balloons. I'm pretty sure we haven't missed this once over the last 10 years. It is probably my very favorite tradition.

We got there so early that the kids were cold at first. And I forgot poor Kallie's shoes and we had to wait till Shannon could bring them to us. So nice that we didn't have to drive back home though!

Tyler was a little scared of the noise and the fire but I think they all loved it for the most part.

Mckinley took this picture.

After the balloons we went home for a bit and then headed out to Mckinley's last day of swim lessons. She had so much fun and learned so much and most importantly gained so much confidence in the pool. It was so worth it! Here she is with her class and her teacher.

About to do a knee dive. She also did a couple standing dives off the side of the pool.

If this picture doesn't scream confidence, I don't know what does! She jumped off the diving board and then just swam the full length of the pool, just for fun when her teacher wasn't even near her. She did such a great job! And now all she wants is to go swimming somewhere where she can practice diving and swimming. We took the kids to the Provo Rec Center but there wasn't a single spot she could practice a dive or swimming in general so it was really disappointing.

The girls at the Provo Rec.

On Saturday we went and saw Finding Dori with a lot of Brandon's family. It was actually a little boring. Kallie fell asleep at the end. How cute!

That evening we went to Brandon's parents' house for dinner and then randomly Brandon's dad got us last minute free tickets to the Stadium of Fire, and offered to watch the kids! Awesome! We got there about half way through, right when Tim McGraw was about to start. It was so good and just so fun to be there.

Ross and Karen (luckily with the help of Chris, Linda, Zach, and Chelsea) watched 12 kids while a bunch of us were at the Stadium of Fire. They took all the kids over to Westridge park to watch the fireworks.