Many people know that the 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday next to Christmas. Not only do I have a huge patriotic heart, but I love my hometown, Richfield’s, celebration. My siblings all feel the same, and our spouses all just bear with us every year. :)
A few of my friends from high school –Kacey, Kate, and Christie(couldn’t figure out how to bring the picture off facebook to here…) – started the day with me, along with my nephew, Nate, and my sis-in-law, Emily who were awesome enough to come run the 5K with me in the morning. I finished with a time of 30:06, which was 4 or 5 minutes faster than last year on that same course. Nate kept me going the whole way so that I didn’t walk.
Then after the 5K, we headed for the parade. One thing that was awesome this year was that the Air Force had some of their F-16 fighter jets fly over before the start. So awesome. :) Here’s our crew gearing up for the parade. Wahoo!
Then it was off to the park for some fun, especially the Steven highlight, kids races :) And then the pool for swimming and money dive.
Then we implemented some intense Rowley Family Minute-To-Win-It Action
And ended the evening with Firecracker cupcakes and lovely fireworks. Ah, I love the 4th. Hooray for America, and Thank You to all the wonderful Troops Who are Out Serving (Particularly the 222 National Guard unit whom a few of my friends have husbands currently serving! Love them!)