Sunday, July 05, 2009

Happy Birthday America

Our morning started at 5:45 am. The ward has an annual pancake breakfast, patriotic presentation and bike parade to celebrate America's Birthday!

The Patriotic bike parade, i.e. race!

Nathan sporting his decorated bike at the finish line.

Tim looking festive on the trike. The YW did the face painting.

The water balloon toss/fight!

We had a family get together at our house and ate lots of good food. The cousins and Uncles had fun swimming in the pool. The water was nice and warm!

We enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, Hixon baked beans, yummy pasta salad, Uncle Nate's homemade salsa, Uncle Steve's guacamole, and to top the night off this "wave your flag cake"!

After the get together we all dashed out to find firework displays. We made it to Gilbert's Celebrations at Mesquite High School and parked the car off the side of the road. We propped the boys up on the roof of the van and our sweet Liberty led us in song. Neil Diamond's "America" never sounded so good.

We LOVE this country so much and are grateful to be citizens of The United States of America! I will forever remember the two words told to me by a U.S. Customs agent after returning from Ukraine/Russia.

W E L C O M E   H O M E !

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!