If there's anything I've missed since we moved to Utah 3 years ago, it's been the 4th of July in Idaho. We always had big celebrations with barbecues, parades, and of course the biggest firework celebration this side of the Mississippi. Don't believe me...just get up to Idaho Falls for the 4th. They have the most incredible show. The only hard thing is splitting time between our families since our parents live a mere 5 minutes apart. It's something that constantly stresses me out, but we had a good time anyway.
Sunday night, we barbecued with my parents and cousins. We set up the big shark slide that we brought up and it was a hit with all of the kids.
Before everyone got to my parents for the barbecue, Chan spent time playing Boggle with my dad on his ipad. Love moments like this, I wish I could freeze them.
One comedic part of the evening - We all sat down to eat and suddenly there are goats wandering around in my parent's back yard. It was funny trying to watch everyone chase them off and get the back through the fence because they would just come back over. A neighbor finally came and got them back home.
I made some pretty delicious strawberry lemonade cupcakes that night, and the boys kept going back for more. I posted the recipe here. I finally had to put the brakes on after each of them had had 3.
The next morning we went to the Rexburg parade. Below is my mother in law Jana, and my sister in law Ashley.
It was pretty warm and the parade was like 2 hours long?! The boys were pretty good sports. We had ice cream, and tons of candy. I should have put a halt on the candy because Rowan threw up right as the parade was ending. It happened again in the car which warranted pulling the car seat out, and cleaning out everything. He felt better later that afternoon, so I'm pretty sure he had too many sweets. I always tell the boys that too much candy is going to make them sick, and then they sing the Yo Gabba Gabba song back to me about candy making them sick. I think it might have clicked with Chandler when he saw how too much candy did make Rowan sick, lol.
That afternoon, we did the slip and slide at grandma and grandpa Snedaker's, jumped on the trampoline, and had another barbecue.
Next it was off to the Idaho Falls Fireworks with my parents and my brother and his wife, Geoff and Cheryl. We found a nice spot right by a hotel, and about 30 minutes later a lady tried to kick us off. She ended up letting us stay which was good. It was fun to see all of the people and have the anticipation of the fireworks!
The fireworks didn't disappoint and they were even more spectacular than I remember.
We had to drive home that night since I had clinic and Marsh had work the next day. We ended up getting home at like 3:30 am, but it was so worth it.