some good loving for america

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i’m pretty convinced that provo, utah is one of the best places ever for the fourth of july. the boy and i spent independence day with his family cradled in the grandeur of that timpanogos valley. we drove down from park city the night of the third, and i stayed with my friend lisa, who stayed up to paint me some patriotic nails. in the early early morning we went to see the balloon festival – provo sends off dozens at sunrise every year. we were sad when the weather did not allow for launch or even blow up…but i was glad it got us up early to enjoy a full, long celebration of one of the top 4 days of the year!

i seriously, seriously love the fourth of july. this year it included:
-the provo parade! lots of marching bands and small town beauty queens – and a couple hundred missionaries!
-swinging on a hammock with the boy in his grandparents’ backyard – relaxing and talking to relatives
-a big, extended family barbeque
-a nap on the grass in the dappled sunshine
-a run for byu-creamery-best-in-the-universe chocolate milk, and a slightly later run for milkshakes
-oooohing and ahhing at all the aerial fireworks being set off down the street and across the freeway and over the trees from stadium of fire
-sitting on the grandparents’ front lawn and setting off loads of little fireworks (and a few less-little ones)
-of course, sparklers!

i am sure grateful for america (and real glad for a day to celebrate it!).


  1. I'm so jealous you were at Grand Avenue of Fire! Wish we could have been there too.

  2. Boston's pretty cool on the 4th of July...!

  3. I haven't tried chocolate milk from other planets, but Organic Valley and Promised Land also make good chocolate milk.

  4. I was hoping to see a big fat diamond on that hand ;)

  5. Me too! Get married already girl!

  6. I am with you, Provo is one of the best places in the world to be on the 4th!! P.S. Think we may have matching skirts, love the stripes!!