Friday, July 25, 2008

Pioneer Day

I love living in Utah because the 24th of July is a holiday! I'll never forget when I was living in California and found out I had to work on the 24th because I always grew up with it being a holiday. In fact one year I even took the day off because I love to celebrate the 24th. This year to honor the pioneers who sacrificed so much for us we celebrated by enjoying the movies, food, family, fireworks, and our freedom.

This is why Avaree asked me for 2 straws in her chocolate milk yesterday morning.

We went and saw Kung Fu Panda. It was cute. Jack Black cracks me up and the kids did well!!

After the movie we headed over to the Mayan Restaraunt. It's awesome. You feel like you are in a different world in there. They have divers diving in pools while you eat. Great entertainment for all!!

It's hard to tell but that is a diver.

Good old courtesy cone from Artic Circle. They are free and the perfect size for little ones.

Later that night we headed down to the Kessler's for fireworks and to say good bye to Grandma Dorothy. She is dying from Alzheimers. Susan has been taking care of her Mother for the past 4 months in their home. They think she will pass any day now. It's always humbling to be around someone who is so close to passing on. I know it has been a special experience for the Kessler family to be able to serve and take care of her.


Avaree was a little scared at first but warmed up in no time.

Weston loved every minute of it! I feel so blessed to live in this period of time where we have so many freedoms. I am truly grateful we were able to have such a fun day as a family making memories that will last a lifetime!


janet said...

This year it passed by and I didn't even realize it was a holiday... I hate that! just a typical day when everyone has to work!

Love all your pictures. Avaree is quite the poser for the camera! so cute!

janet said...

ps. love your music!


I recently took my son to Liberty Park too. It was a blast! I tried not to think about all the diseases he might catch and it was pretty fun!

melissa e. said...

Hey! Bart took Kaden to Kung Fu Panda too this weekend...his first movie in a theatre! How funny.

I think I'll whip up some of those cookies tonight...I have some really ripe bananas

Brooke said...

Looks like you guys had a FULL day of fun! Alec loved Kungfu Panda and I stayed entertained enough :)

Azy said...

love two straws for sharing!! so hard for little kids some days to share... wedding plans are just going. we of course are late ordering invites but hopefully we will have that taken care of tomorrow! & we are taking engagements thursday! Chris is looking for a job and he is getting desperate! Whats a masters degree anyway? HA! Know anyone hiring? in the mean time he is ordering invites tomorrow and painting our bedroom set.

summer said...

I've heard that Mayan restaurant is GREAT! So fun! And sweet Grandma Dorothy looks really peaceful. I love the picture above her bed with her and her sweet husband. Adorable!

Harbach Family said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a wonderful day!
YOur family is so adorable. You are such a cute Mom Karlin. I can't believe how big your sister and brother are. They are growing up so fast.Crazy!

Keri said...

you guys are so much fun! you are one of those people that i look at your blog and realize i could not be any more boring! can we be a part of your family - -then maybe we'll do fun stuff too! you have a big house, you wont even notice the extra bodies in it :P