Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

We got back from our wonderful trip to Utah late Wed. night, and I have not yet had a chance to blog about it. We were there for almost two weeks! Anyway, I decided to go ahead and blog about the 4Th of July, so that it would actually get done!
Our Ward had a pancake breakfast, which Matt andI slept through, because we are still trying to get back on our Eastern time! I was kind of sad that we missed it, especially when my friend called me up and said everyone was wondering where Mattie was, and what she was going to have on! She said they were expecting flags in her hair or something! I didn't know that I had such a reputation of getting Mattie so dressed up!

My mother decided to take Mattie to the movies in the morning to see WALL•E.
Mattie knew that Grandma would be taking her to see it, and even talked about it on our trip in Utah. It has kind of become their thing; going to the movies together. I love that my mom is continueing this tradition. We didn't have much when I was growing up, but my mother always managed to take us to the movies to see the new cartoons that had come out! Mattie really enjoys her time with Grandma at the movies, and yesterday was no exception. She got her little change purse and put her ticket in it, and even bought herself a Children's Popcorn meal thing. It comes with popcorn, candy and an Icee. Mattie made it through about 20 minutes of the movie and then fell asleep. I told you we are still trying to get back on our own Time Zone! But, she enjoyed the part that she saw very much!

In the afternoon we went over to the Berger's home to celebrate the Fourth. That is also a tradition for us.
We had BBQ pork, hot dogs and hamburgers, plus all of the other regular things you eat at a BBQ. After eating, Matt got in the pool with Mattie. I was going to get in, but was just soooo tired. (I feel like pregnancy is kicking my butt this time!) I just sat out and watched. After swimming for a while, we took the children to the backyard to do fireworks. We always do them when its still light out, but the kids don't seem to mind. The Dads took turns lighting the fireworks, and I think that they were having a better time than the kids! Why is it that grown men think it is so much fun to play with fire and blow things up!?! After setting off all of the fireworks, we let the children do sparklers. I was a little worried about the sparklers and how young some of the kids were, but we kept a close watch on them. Mattie and her little friend Eden had a blast playing together and watching the fireworks.
We headed home after finishing the fireworks. I was super tired, so we just watched a movie when we got home. We did turn on the TV at about 10pm and watched part of the Boston Pops. It brought back fond memories of our last Fourth of July. We visited Matt's older brother Wayne and his family in Boston last year. It was the best fireworks show that we have ever seen, even with it raining on us the entire time! We'll have to go back another year and experience it without the cold rain.

We hope that everyone had a magnificent Independence Day! We are very grateful that we live in such a wonderful country, and that we have our freedom. Thank you to all who have made this possible, and to those that continue to fight for our great country!

15 comments:

shay said...

fun day! We should have picked up fireworks in Nevada on our way home to CA...I forget how uneventful the 4th is here without the loot! I love the pic of Mattie swimming with Matt--what a poser--with a beautiful smile!

Stephanie said...

Sad we weren't able to spend the day with everyone. Glad you guys had a happy 4th! Mattie looks so darling with her haircut. She is too cute! Tell Mattie thanks for taking care of Sting'em while we were in Ohio.

Emily said...

I'm not even pregnant and I didn't have any energy on the 4th, you guys got a lot more accomplished than we did. And yes Mattie always does look cute. I love the new pic in your header!

The Starrs said...

Looks like you guys had lots of fun! Hopefully you'll get your energy back soon. :-)

Rebecca said...

I was looking at your picasa album from the UT trip. You got some amazing pics of MoMo. I also love the one of the 4 girls by the lake. Why did I not get as many good shots? Oh yeah, I had a 2 day distraction:) It was so good visiting with you, as always. All best!

Erin said...

Is that a new picture in your banner from your photographer in Utah? Its a great picture, as usual!

Heather said...

Actually Katie did take that picture, but it was with our camera. We should be getting the disk of pictures she took this week. I like that picture too!

Faith said...

I love the new picture in the top banner! It is so much fun! And yes, Mattie is always dressed for the occassion. I often wonder if I will do the same if I ever have a girl. But w/ a boy I don't want him to look too put together, you know!? Can't wait to see the new family pics! See you guys soon!

katierasmussen said...

I love that you guys are secked out in your 4th of july attire too. It's fun to get festive!

katierasmussen said...

woops I meant decked out:)

Jill & Kevin said...

Too fun! It looks like you had a great time.

Carley said...

I love the picture of Matt and Mattie! I miss you guys.

Brent/Jan said...

Glad to get your blog... I enjoyed getting to know you better and seeing everyone at the reunion...keep blogging!

Maria said...

I love family traditions. That is so great your mom keeps the movie tradition with Maddie. As Maddie gets older she is going to appreciate more more. By the way you look so pretty. I can't even tell you are pregnant. I am going to be here until the 30 of July. Do you want to hangout sometime? It would be great to see you. Let me know. You can just post a comment on the blog.

Jody Weiss said...

You guys look so cute!!! I hope you are feeling better with each day!