Monday, July 7, 2008

The 4th

I don't know that there's a whole lot better way to spend the 4th of July than in a small town in Idaho at a rodeo followed by fireworks.
Well...I guess on the lawn of the White House when Max was a newborn, or in front of the Lincoln Memorial surrounded by throngs of people with the fireworks reflecting off all the other nation's memorials with patriotic music blasting through "the Mall", or on the beach in California, or in the U.S. Virgin Islands on your honeymoon all rank up there pretty darn high too.

BUT, this one sure ranked up in the top five. Especially because we got to be with Dave's parents and sister's family up there. What a great time we had.

Lucy sure loved all the action.

Especially when I let her get right up close and personal...a little scary when these babies came by bucking away:You gotta love those rodeo princesses:
...and the calf roping:
...and all the other stuff that goes along with a good old home-town rodeo.

That morning we went to the parade. Now, if you've never been to a small town parade, you should try it some time. You'd be surprised at the gleam the kids eyes get over being thrown and having to race for small amounts of salt water taffy and tiny tootsie rolls.
Then we were off to a water park with a carosel...

Then we had a great BBQ and headed off to the rodeo and fireworks.
What a day. What a country. We are so blessed.


  1. Looks like a blast! Might even beat "Sunset Beach" last year. Love you guys and miss you around here!

  2. Looks like it can't be beat! That's awesome Shawni. I love the picture of the old town in the background of your parade pics.

  3. Ana was so worried about Gracie's whereabouts, until we got to the fourth to the last photo. Whew.

  4. Hey girl! LOVE your new hair! So cute! And I spent 18 years straight on the mall in DC watching the fireworks & listening to the orchestra!

    Now the smaller celebrations with my girls are just as good!

    LOVE your AMAZING pics, as always!

  5. I love that bottom picture! cool.

  6. You have to love the small town celebrations on the 4th! Looks like you guys are having a great time!

  7. You have to love the small town celebrations on the 4th! They do it right! Looks like you guys are having a great time!

  8. Looks like a great Fourth! Love that picture of Lucy with that great smile!

  9. looks like the BEST time! i want a family vacation. :)

  10. What a great way to celebrate the 4th! Looks like fun!

  11. Such GREAT pics - you are soo talented! love the new dew! I love Rodeo's. Sometime you should take your family up to the Payson days - it's a lot of fun.


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