July 4, 2011

4th of July... it's the most wonderful time of the year

The 4th of July is the perfect holiday. Not only do we celebrate the wonderful country we live in, but we also celebrate family. The tradition is always as follows...
Breakfast at my parent's house generally with the extended family
Granite Community Parade
Swimming and BBQ at nana and papa's house

and this year it was no different. The weather was perfect, overcast and cool. My family was all there and I was excited to see Noelle enjoy the parade this year, last year she was a little young. 

The festivities begin...


Jessica and Jamie

The men in our lives... Where is Sean?

The waffle queen

I don't know who is more patriotic?

Grandma and Courtney

Cousin Alyssa

Cousin Presley
 The Parade:

Every year for the last 6 years I have taken a picture with this random dragon... The tradition lives on!

BBQ at Nana's

A little Rock Band after the BBQ:

Whammy Bar!!!!

Feeding the Chickens just before bedtime.

This is the third time Noelle has feed the chickens by hand. They now come running towards here every time she steps outside.

Which came first?

The last 3 years we have started somewhat of a new tradition. Instead of driving to a fireworks show and trying to find parking and beat the crowds, we go sit at the tables and chairs outside of Paradise bakery on State Street in Sandy. We get a late night snack at whichever restaurant is still open... this year it was Carl's JR, and watch the Sandy city fireworks from afar. It is perfect. Sean took some amazing photos that I will have to post later.

It was such an enjoyable holiday. You aren't stressed about wrapping those last minute gifts or cooking for 50 people. Just good weather, good food, and great company. Love it!

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