Sunday, July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Fun

This year we went and saw the Provo Independence Day Parade. Usually, this parade is just an annoyance because it makes a big "L" shape between us and the freeway. To get around it (to go anywhere 4th of July morning) you have to go east to the mountains, then north to get around it (the parade goes east a long way and there's basically no way around if you're trying to go south). This year, however, we decided to ignore the annoying-ness of it all and just go and watch. Boy, I was pleasantly surprised! It was so much... cooler than I was expecting.
Here's Stephen trying to keep Ben happy during the loud sirens and bands.

Looks like he did a good job. :)

There were TONS of people lining the streets- it was pretty awesome.

This was my favorite part of the whole parade- huge balloons! How cool is this monkey? I've never seen these in real life before, and I've always wanted to since I saw Batman with Jack Nicholson.

Funnest. Float. EVER. This is the institute float for the Orem Institute. Notice who's up top there? That's right- a cute little couple getting married. Hilarious! They were all singing love songs and changing the words so it would sound institute-esque.
Also, we went to watch fireworks with our next door neighbors in their brother's neighborhood. This particular brother purchased $2500 worth of awesome, huge fireworks. They shot right above our heads- Ben loved it! He was just staring at the sky the whole time. Even today at Church he kept looking at the lights like he was expecting them to explode.
Here's Daddy with Ben and everyone set up to watch the show.

This is Tim and Annalise, our next-door neighbors who we play games with every Sunday.

This is Tom and Lovetta, who are also part of our game group on Sundays.

Ben was pretty happy through most of the show.

But really he just didn't know what to make of it. Come on, how would you interpret exploding lights in the sky?
Okay, last set of pictures: Ben's church outfit! It's SO CUTE!

Such a cute little vest and white shirt and little khakis... sigh, it's just so adorable.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that institute float is funny! lol!! Ben looked adorable when he was smiling in his pictures, and in his church clothes :) Also, he is so perceptive if he was waiting at church for more fireworks the next day. What a smarty pants!!! :)