Thursday, July 12, 2007

The 4th of July!

Idaho Falls seriously knows how to celebrate the 4th. I've only been to two other cities on the 4th, but neither one could hold a candle to I.F. We started the day off with the traditional parade. We sit close to the start of it and come home with loads of candy. The kids love it and so do I. It gives me a sense of pride for my little community. Granted, it is filled with dorky pick-up trucks with no reason what so ever to be in the parade, but still I love it.

I tried to get a cute shot of my kids in their fourth of July wear, but the sun was too bright and we were late for the parade, so I gave up. This is the best I got.

Enjoying the parade.

My cousin, Larissa and her girls, joined us again this year for the festivities. She came last year, and it is turning into a fun tradition to have them around with us.

We went to my folks in between the parade and fireworks, but I need to save that for it's very own post.

Last year on the 5th, Jarom called the Red Lion and booked us a room to watch the fireworks from. It was a lot of fun and something new. And although not fighting traffic, having a bathroom at my beck and call, and a soft bed to put tired kids in, was VERY nice, I still love sitting amongst all the people on the river bank the best.

You can't see us very well, but we're in the 4th balcony from the bottom. Emily and Bryon came and joined us for the fireworks.

We pulled all the chairs out onto the balcony, ate candy, and had a good time watching all of the people.

Look at everyone sitting on the banks in front of the temple waiting to see the "biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi".

Afterwards, Emily and Bryon waited out the traffic a bit and we had fun playing Phase 10.

We did book a room for next year, but we could only get the 3rd floor and the price went up another $100, so I think we'll probably cancel and fight the crowds with everyone else.


Jonathan & Rachel said...

Your kids are so dang cute!! We wish we lived closer-I bet our kids would all love to play together. You guys just need to come visit in AZ!! What a fun 4th!

becky ward said...

You got some great pictures of the temple, people, and your kids! What a fun day! I love the 4th of July too.