Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day everyone!!! What a fun, exciting day! We started ours at our ward Patriotic Breakfast at our church, which was super delicious and patriotic and fun! We watched a video by Diamond Rio that is called "In God We Still Trust" (I'm pretty sure that is what it is called), and the lady in charge said she found it online -- it was awesome. I love hearing upbeat, positive songs, and this helps us remember that fighting for what is right doesn't need to be done by ourselves. There are many in an influencial position to help us little guys in the fight for right as far as our country goes. So I encourage you to watch it if you haven't already. In fact, when I find the link, I'll post it if I can.
We are on our way to purchase water balloons and watermelon for our 35th Annual Horn St. 4th of July Block Party! Really, this neighborhood has been having a block party on July 4th for that long, and when we moved in to this home, we were told by our neighbors that it is mandatory to be in town on July 4th to be a part of it! So we came home from Utah to enjoy our 9th block party, and we are excited for it tonight. We do a pot luck meal, and everyone brings meat to BBQ, my hubby makes homemade rootbeer, and we have volleyball in the street, a watermelon eating contest, water fights, and of course, fireworks when it gets dark! Makes me realize that this is what this nation is about. Neighborhoods and families sticking together and working to make our community a better place.
Thanks to any and all of you who are veterans, or who are active military now. I appreciate all you do, and have done. Without you, we would not be celebrating today. Thanks, and God bless each and every one of you.
We did just get back a couple days ago from So. Utah (Hatch, to be exact), and spent about 9 days working a bit on the farm, and had some great leisure time as well. I'm posting a few pics from that trip, and we will be returning for the balance of the summer next week. I do have my stamp club this Monday (mystery hostess!!!) and so will be posting what we are doing for that soon. Thanks for all the nice comments -- I'm loving hearing from y'all, and like I said, will post again soon.
June 23, '09: The first thing Cami did when we got to the farm was head out picking wildflowers! She was so cute flitting all over the hill, finding different flowers. She actually ended up with quite a variety, and we had a beautitul bouquet for about 3 days!

Willie, Camille and my nephew Jared played a lot up in this tree house. It got a lot of action while we were there.

June 25: We helped load up Grandpa Riggs' new tractor with branches that were broken off the tree house tree during the winter. This is Lizzy and her friend and our neighbor, Kristen posing by the tractor after fillin' 'er up!

June 27: This is the second water snake the kids found in the pond (this one is named Slithers, if I remember right!). This is Lizzy, Nikki and Kristen.

June 27: Saturday night, the Balloon Festival was in Panguitch, so Jared loaded up the lucky winners of "who gets to ride in Jared's cool car", and we headed off to watch the hot air balloons go up and line the streets of Panguitch in what is called "The Glow" -- scroll down to see why!

This is the balloon that we were parked right by, and got to see go up from the get-go. Pretty cool!

Jared, William, Lizzy & Cami, and Kristen in front of the balloon just a few minutes before it is completely blown up.

Way cooler in real life, but this picture sort of shows how pretty the finished product is! It only took about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Here are some of the balloons "glowing". People are walking all up and down the street (there are lots of people!) looking at the balloons, and buying from street vendors. The picture at the top of this post is of Cami eating her cotton candy that we got as a treat (not me -- I can't stand the stuff!).

June 28: This is the view from the top of the hill at the farm -- such a gorgeous view! The kids are playing on the playground, and loving life! CLICK on the picture to see how beautiful it is.

This is my idea of loving life! In my spare time, I love to read, and I hardly ever get to at home. So I relish reading at the farm! I started Fablehaven last year, but this year Book 4 came out, so I started over again to remember what happened -- I HIGHLY recommend this series. Love it!
Book 1 is good, 2 is great, and 3 & 4 are fabulous. I especially love the questions the author has at the end of the books to discuss with kids. A great series.

You can click to make these pics bigger and appreciate the beauty of the farm! This is the kids and Grandma moving water pipes. The kids do it each morning first thing.

Lizzy and Kristen loved to read, write their stories, and visit outside, especially at night under the stars. This time they were reading/writing while it was sprinkling outside.

A very fun trip, and we will be up there like I said, until mid-August. I'll be leaving July 8th, so hopefully more posts before I go! Happy 4th of July and may our hearts turn to God and be grateful for this great nation, remembering always those who made it possible for us to live in freedom.

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