We were in Idaho over the 4th of July celebrating our country with my family (second year in a row). We spent the afternoon in the park with at my parents ward gathering. It was all-american. Fried chicken. Watermelon. Snow Cones. Cotton Candy. Dunk tank. Face painting. And a whole lot of red, white and blue.

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My mom got ready that morning and walked out of her room in an orange shirt. Hallie insisted she be more patriotic and even went as far as to go to her closet to pick something out. She was relentless and finally wore her down which led my mom to change to a red/white sweater. The power of persuasion.
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Hunter waited patiently at the face painting station – far longer than it was worth. He asked Steve what was a football team that had red, white and blue in their logo – he ended up with the Patriots without knowing the team whatsoever, he was just happy to be patriotic!
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I’m pretty sure Bennett giggled the whole time they painted the fireworks on his face. Hallie and Bennett were face painting twinsies with their matching fireworks.
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Every time we turned around this kid had more food in his mouth. He was in heaven.
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Cannon got too close to Hunter’s cotton candy with his wet sucker. After getting sufficiently frustrated trying to get it off he stuck the whole thing in his mouth.
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The potato sack races might have been my favorite to watch. They got laughing so hard it was hard to jump.
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Pure bliss on that girl’s face.
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That evening we met up with two of my brother’s families at the park. The kids rode scooters and we played frisbee and spike ball until the sun started to set and we made our way to a firework show.
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Armed with glow-in-the-dark necklaces, sparklers and licorice we watched a great show where fireworks went off just in front of us and the boom of the firework vibrated in our bodies (my favorite part).
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We got home late and the kids were filthy from being outside all day and had maxed out on their sugar intake – which by most accounts made for a pretty successful Fourth of July.

However, it was painful to have to wake them up the next morning for early church.

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