4th of July

12:44 PM Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy late 4th of July to all. This year our family was able to get Papa (John's dad) out here for the weekend. He got here on Thursday and is leaving today. We have had so much fun having him here playing with the kiddos and visiting our favorite spot in the summer, the cabin. We headed down to the cabin on Thursday night after Emily was picked up by Jared. Emily got to go to Bear Lake for the weekend, Lucky! Friday morning as tradition we went to the Provo City parade. We get the same spot every year have enjoy the parade every year. Our friends Dayna and Sienna go with us every year and we love that they do.

After the parade we went and secured ourselves some tubes to go down the Provo. My mom has never floated the river so she decided to come with us. What an adventure! We did really well until the train truss. The guides told us to get out at the bridge walk around it and then get back in. They call the train trusses the "Bridge of Death." Well my mom and I didn't have enough time to get out so we went under the bridge of death and barely survived it. I was off my tube and so was my mom and we made it to the side bend just beyond the bridge. John came over to make sure we were okay and he tried to help us get back into our tubes. Well my mom got into hers just as we got swept away and I was still hanging on for dear life when my sweet husband was telling me that there was a large log in the river and we were going to run into it. The adrenaline was rushing and I got my butt in that tube in record speed. The rest of the river was alot calmer and we got out with no problem. By the time we were done all of our arms were rubbed raw from paddling the water. My mom's is the worst by far. Her whole inside of her arms were raw and bleeding. My arms are raw inside by the elbow. We for sure are doing it again in August if anyone is up to the challenge! I didn't get any pictures of all of us so here are some pics of John and his dad John being silly.

Later that evening we went to Midway to watch the fireworks with our friends. We always buy a pack and do some before the big show. The kids loved it and I know John had fun puting on the show.


  1. Um, why would you want to go down that scary river again and get all beat up?! Scary. I'm glad you had fun. Cute pictures. I love the ones with John and his dad.


  2. John looks fantastic with his weight loss! Keep it up, son! It looks as though you all had a splendiferous time....sorry I missed seeing the fireworks and stuff...NOT sorry I missed to tube trip! Hugs to you all,


  3. Sounds like a super fun weekend!! Glad to know you all survived the river trip :)

    P.S. There will be NO bikini shots ... the one in the tankini is as close as I'll ever get to that. It was hard enough to post that one!!!


  4. I would love to do that river trip. Fun fun. I would have loved to see you and your mom. You paint such a vivid picture in my mind. I am glad you came out alive. I love that picture of Will with the flag. He is growing up too dang fast!


  5. Your fourth looks so fun Jill. We had a great one, but super different. I was missing the good ol parade, fireworks and bbq.


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