Tuesday, July 07, 2015

4th of July 2015, day 1

One of my favorite things about the 4th of July here in Provo is the 
traditional hot air balloon fest. Early on the mornings leading
 up to the 4th of July, hot air balloons flood Provo's sky.  
Since I hike the "Y" daily, I watched the whole process of the balloons 
from start to finish. 
Then I ran home and woke up the Little Nies and the 
Jones family to come out to the front porch and view the splendor.  
Each of us picked our favorite colorful balloon and we watched it until it landed
on some grassy park or parking lot in Provo. 
Then Spencer washed our windows.  
Was he telling us something????
We made panini's for lunch before we headed up the canyon for a 
delightful drive with the children.
I like to show off Utah's amazing mountains to these Arizona folk.
If I didn't know you and you had never been to Utah before, I'd take
you on this mountain journey too.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Good news and bad.

I've got some good news and some bad news.  
The good news is, we had a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!
Everything about it was perfect.  The company! The food! the fireworks! 
The parties!  The weather! I mean, seriously it was wonderful. 
 I am so excited to write more about it-- which brings me to the bad news.  
In the excitement of everything, I left my computer outside overnight, 
and early the next morning it rained.
Exhausted from the L O N G holiday, and after the last guest left my house. 
I collapsed in my bed and nothing mattered.
Not even my computer.
As I type this on the family PC, my beloved mac is in pieces
 in a attempt to dry it out.
Prayers and fingers crossed that maybe- 
just maybe a miracle will take place and she will work tomorrow.

Friday, July 03, 2015

America the Beautiful

Each year, the Jones family comes to Utah from Arizona to celebrate the 
4th of July with our family. 
 The tradition started in 2008, and it hasn't stopped.
We pretty much do the same actives every year like;
swimming, hiking, ice cream, bike rides, late evening walks, 
staying up late, movies, fireworks...etc etc.
 ("Jonesons" 2014)
Today, we took a very beautiful scenic drive behind the majestic Provo mountains.
As we drove through the lush green mountains, the song
"America the Beautiful" kept coming to mind.
I am so thankful for such a beautiful country to live in.
I am so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy because
of those who bravely protect us.
I have so much gratitude in my heart for the many many men and women
who sacrificed so much and fight for my happiness and right to live
free and happy in this wonderful country.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! 
 O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 
 Tomorrow we will honor and celebrate the 229th birthday
 of this wonderful and marvelous and blessed country!

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