Thursday, July 9, 2009

"is it America's Birthday yet?"...

this is the question that i got from becks every morning for 2 weeks leading up to the 4th of July.  the first morning was the day after we put the flag up at our house.  when i told him, "not yet."  he responded with... "well then, why is the flag up?"  valid question i guess. 

our 4th is always jam packed with festivities!  we are so lucky to be able to get ticket from grandpa Mark, 2 years in a row, for balloon rides.  & this year the boys got to go up with aunt stephy & wy-wy.  it's early but totally worth it!  for some reason this year becks was really nervous about going, but the pilot said as soon as they we up he was like a totally different kid!  now becks wants to be a balloon pilot when he grows up:)

the balloon ride was over 2 hours this year.  it was crazy!  the boys had a blast, but it did make us late for the parade:(  & parking is always a nightmare, but again always worth it.  it works out well though, because my sister works at Acydia school of ashetics, so she puts blankets out in from of the school at the Wells Fargo building-- otherwise we wouldn't do the crazy camp out thing!!!  it is always fun to see how much fun the kids have watching the parade, dancing with the bands, running in the street like mad men for a salt water taffy.  oh to be young & so easily excited :)  after the parade we went straight home for naps, so we could get up & go to dinner & my grammy Donna's & grandpa Vern's.

the 4th wouldn't be complete without hitting up the festival- all 3 days:)  my mom is in charge of booking the entertainment, so if we want to see her during the holidays, that is where she can be found.  the kids love the food, the music, the reptiles booth & all of the people.  all in all it as fun as always & i am a little sad it is over.  i am glad that i live in America & that we were able to celebrate such a fun birthday for the land of the free! 

{becks & wy-wy getting ready to fly}

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{just chillin' with dad & grandpa. the only proof avi was at the balloons}

{getting the ballon up is a lot easier than taking it down!}

{a view from the basket}

{still nervous... avi even lent her snuggily.  & if you know avi she never lets that go!}

{Alexander's balloon is the first balloon up, with the flag...}

{& they're off!}

{the skies were beautiful after the storm passed}

{after touch down, this kid was all smiles... talking about next year already}

{avi waved at every float that came by}

{while becks screamed at every float that came by}

{all smiles, even after a long morning}

{good bye until next year... can't wait}

**for more fun freedom fest pics vistit


Kipn n' Sarah said...

Wow, how cool to get to go into one of those, I think I would be a wimp and not go! Looks like fun and beautiful shots. Happy Birthday America!

TeeTee said...

these pictures are amazing!

e said...

saw that you won on cjane's blog. the photograph is gorgeous. thank you! i love the fourth of july. and your photo makes me love it even more.

also, i've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon.

Deidra Brown said...

Can you email me with more ideas about your son's birthday party. I am wanting to have my soon to be 4 year old a pirate

Debbie said...

S U C H cute 4th of july pics! that's so cool you won the photo contest! ....i never get to talk to have a birthday coming up! ..i miss you.
debrah lew

Dan and Al Gardner said...

That balloon ride looks so fun! Congrats on the contest!

Lance and Becky said...

That is awesome, I would love to go in a air balloon! Your kids are so cute!

Anonymous said...

How cool to get to go into one of those, I think I would be a wimp and not go! Looks like fun and beautiful shots. Happy Birthday America!

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