I know you all are expecting a recipe today as part of the Summer Meals series (and possibly you noticed I didn’t post one yesterday either) BUT I’m going to save the recipes for Shoepeg Salad and Antipasto Pasta Salad for tomorrow – today I want to talk about the 4th of July!
Did y’all have a great holiday? It felt a little strange to be celebrating on a Wednesday, especially now that we have to go back to work today and for us it felt especially strange to celebrate away from our family and close friends.
For my whole life I have celebrated the 4th of July at one beach house or another – always on Puget Sound, always surrounded by tons of friends and family.
This year was a completely new experience for us not only because we are in Utah all by our lonesome but also because we went to “festivities” other than lounging around at the beach all day. As much as we missed being around the family I have to wonder if maybe we haven’t been missing out on all the community activities we could have been going to. Perhaps this parade thing will be a new tradition? Maybe a 5k next year? (I actually woke up thinking “Man, a 5k sounds pretty good right now – maybe I’ll sign up.” Weird, right? Well the morning 5k for the 4th had already started so I decided to head out for a run on my own – and guess what? I ran a 5k!)
We started our festive day with the parade in Huntsville.
If you’re from the Ogden Valley or familiar with the area at all then you will probably be as surprised as we were when I tell you that there were a couple thousand people gathered in Huntsville for the parade and other activities in the park. Nick and I were in complete awe – “do these people live here?” we kept asking each other – shocked because the valley always seems so quiet and remote.
After the parade we enjoyed walking around the park to see the various vendors, support a great cause, and of course get some cotton candy!
We also waited in a crazy long line just so Mack could go down this slide. The line was long and the wait was slow in the high heats – but as this picture shows, the wait was well worth it
We thought we were going to head into Liberty for “Liberty Days” and some muttin bustin’ but both of our little dudes fell asleep on the way there. We decided instead to head home and rest up before the fireworks.
Quick power naps for the kids and we were back out playing in the sunshine. While the boys were asleep, Nick and I put together a nice little 4th of July smorgasbord of finger foods.
There are lots of local goodies here! His and hers salsas: Pineapple Salsa and Tomatillo Salsa from Windmill Farms, Dirty Dity Popcorn is an oh
so tasty peanut butter smothered popcorn, and of course we had local beers from both Wasatch and Uinta – not pictured.
Why, yes, that is the poppy seed dressing that gave me the crazy dreams!
Nick made a BBQ Chicken Pizza using his new pizza pan – this is our second pizza on the new contraption and we both love it! The crust gets perfectly crispy!!
Maybe you think I’m really organized and got fun Fourth of July plates?
But don’t be fooled! These are leftover pirate plates from Mackenzie’s birthday last year!
When our bellies were filled we went for a brief practice ride on the bicycles (Mack has his training wheels off now) before we headed up to the pool.
Again, couldn’t believe how many people were at the pool. Geesh. Given that there are maybe ten families that live in our neighborhood full-time (the rest are vacation and weekend homes) we were happy to see some people out and enjoying the clubhouse.
Mack and daddy were complete goofballs in the pool.
And this little guy was being a goofball all by himself.
Both little guys were goofballs together.
Lots of laughing
Then it was time to get home and wait for the fireworks show. From our house we were able to watch both the Huntsville show and the Liberty Days fireworks. I was happy (and rather surprised) that everyone followed the rules/advice not to shoot any of their own fireworks – we’ve had so many fires and the valley is so incredibly dry I’ve been so nervous about fires and people being stupid.
Towards the end of the Huntsville show we saw an orange glow creeping up the hillside near Monte Cristo. Nick and I both immediately thought it was fire…..
As it crept higher and higher we could eventually see that it was the moon! Dang! Did you see the moon last night?! It was stunning – a full moon with a deep orange glow. Almost what you’d expect in the late fall not the start of July. Anyway, glad it wasn’t a fire.
How was your Fourth? Did you shoot of fireworks where you live? Any new traditions this year?