Tuesday, July 17, 2018

the 4th

We totally switched up the 4th this year.

The BBS conference was in Utah so close to the 4th, and we had to be here after for the reunion anyway.  So we turned in our breezy traditional walk to the golf course to watch fireworks with friends in Coronado for packing into this giant stadium to celebrate "Stadium of Fire" style.

And boy howdy, although part of our hearts were reaching out to California and all that we love so much there, that stadium event sure didn't disappoint.  I have never in my life seen quite such a display.
But let's back up for just a sec.

We spent the afternoon in Provo, exploring our old (and Max's current) stomping grounds.
We headed to the creamery, got my most favorite ever sushi, and then headed here to let the celebrations begin:
Met up with some friends before it started...my friend from old BYU days and her son who will be Max's roommate in the Fall.
Love Brigitta :)
Then we packed in.  And when I say "packed," it was a little like sardines.  We all thanked our lucky stars the people in front of us didn't show up so these two big guys could spread their legs a tad:
This is how we looked all cozy:
(Loved that Dave's sister and my brother could join us.)

Here's a little snippet to bring you into the ambiance of that place:

They pulled out all the stops I tell you...more and more excitement just kept coming at us!  Jets flying over, music, dancing, competitions, etc.
...a little parade:

...check out these pogo stick guys amidst all the other hoopla:

There were all kinds of bike tricks mixed in there too.
And then the concert began. 
It was One Republic.

And they didn't disappoint either.
...then more crazy stunts and dancing:

...including night skydivers lighting up the air above us.
They just continued to wow us.

And then the fireworks began.

Like I said, it was non-stop "wow-ness" going on all night long.
Even Lucy, who had been a little huffy walking in with such a gigantic crowd on such a hot evening, sat mesmerized the whole night.
I love that Elle happened to FaceTime from Jerusalem in the middle of it all and we got to share some of the fireworks with her too...our whole family huddled in those bleachers mesmerized by that show.
It was like the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, all these different songs with fireworks "dancing" to them.

(Interesting song choice up there...)

And then they ended with this:

...and this:

(love that song)
As we flowed out of that stadium surrounded by family, running into friends here and there, talking over all that magic, I just felt so grateful.

Monday, July 16, 2018

speaking of good friends...

...family can be good friends too, right?

We got to continue our annual Lagoon tradition with Dave's sister Julie and her family.
We love these guys so so much and are so grateful for the good times we've had staying with them each summer for at least a couple days accompanied by Lagoon.

In my biased opinion there aren't many amusement parks better :)

Our numbers have ebbed an flowed over the years because everyone is growing up, gosh dang it.  Max missed for his mission, now Elle's in Jerusalem and their first two are serving missions in Spain and Argentina.

But we soaked up the rest.  It was extra exciting to have Grace there since she had met us from work back in the desert.  I had sure missed that girl!

We thought, for a smidgen of a second, that maybe Lucy was branching out from her only ride she likes at Lagoon when she agreed to go on this one:
We told her it was like "Jello" (how Dave drives them home from church on Sundays), and she was all-in.

But sure enough, she was mad as a hornet when that thing got going faster.

So it was back to the swings for us.
 She can't get enough of those things!

Over all those years we've spent at Lagoon we haven't seen this little pioneer house, that was for some reason moved to Lagoon to display.
It is my great, great, great (not really sure how many greats) Grandfather's house.

Pretty sweet, right?

We are always pretty tuckered out after all that walking, but I did convince the kids to come out and soak in the sunset with me when we got back to Julie and Seth's.

It was too beautiful to pass up, especially as it lit up from the outside all these beautiful kids who, in my opinion, glow from within.

Post-Lagoon braids:

After that it was late-night talking again, after more card games:
...and showers and tucking the littles in bed.

I love Julie and Seth. We've had so many good discussion wrapped up in their family room late at night over the years.

The next day we packed up to head to Provo to celebrate the 4th that night.  We left with big hugs and hearts full of love for that great family we get to be related to.
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