I wish we celebrated our country’s independence more than once a year. Doesn’t it see like such an important holiday really qualifies more attention than just one day? Maybe it’s because I love seeing everyone in patriotic colors. Maybe it’s the delicious BBQs we partake in. Or the flags that seem to line every street and store window. I can’t help but love hearing the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner more than a couple times. I really do love it.
Our summer traveling schedule had us spending the fourth of July in Idaho this year. We knew we were missing out on our traditional pool party back in Arizona, so we made sure we lined up plenty of fun.
We started the day with a lunch bbq at the park with fried chicken, a dunk tank, water balloon toss and watermelon (that just screams American, right?).
After lunch, we met up with two of my brothers and their families for the rest of the day/evening. Our activities included swimming, fishing, kayaking, ATVs, dirt bikes, more bbq and plenty of fireworks.
My brother’s house (my children refer to it as the farm) is always a favorite and from our activities you can see why! Sometimes 20 acres of fun and animals sounds blissful and then I remember they’re a ways from a Target or Walmart and I’m reminded why living in a city is awesome! My kids might disagree.
Each one of them caught fish which they were delighted with. However, I think the tub of worms might have been a bigger hit.
We spent the evening talking, eating and making fun GoPro videos until it got dark enough for fireworks. And then we burned money (at least that’s what lighting fireworks feels like!!). And the kids oohed and aahed and in the end they just wanted to hold their own sparklers. I’m not sure what it is about fireworks, but I love them. I love the streaks of light they send into the air and the sound they make when they “boom” – especially the big fireworks. A night like this puts me in my happy place really quick, especially being surrounded with family. Loved every minute of it.
Happy Birthday America.