Sunday, July 26, 2009

we love our friends!

Just recently my good friend Sara made a visit to Utah to surprise her boyfriend Steve. She lives in California, and throughout the whole summer she has been requesting that he come visit her because she didn't want to come back to Utah before she absolutely had to. (Can you blame her?) So, it was definitely a surprise for him!

This past Friday was Pioneer Day. For those of you who don't know about Pioneer Day here's a little synopsis that I copied and pasted from Wikipedia:
Pioneer Day (also archaically called the Day of Deliverance) is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois and other locations in the eastern United States. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities help commemorate the event.
So, in order to celebrate Pioneer Day since we are in Utah we had to go watch some fireworks! Steve got us the hook-up and found out that the nearby city of Mapleton was putting on a big display. So, we drove the 10 minutes, got lost (Mapleton, according to Steve, only has about 3 streets, but also keep in mind that he was driving and was the one that got us lost), made a phone call to get us unlost, and finally found the park where the fireworks were being shot off. After laying out our blankets in a prime firework-watching spot and making it to about Phase 4 of Phase 10 it began to rain. And when I say rain I mean downpour! We ran for the shelter of the car, but once we got there we realized we were already soaked, so there was really no point in even getting in the car. Instead we decided to take a picture.

Oh, and here's a great picture I found dealing with Pioneer Day.

Eventually the rain let up and we ventured out into the field to find yet another prime firework-watching spot. However, we were informed the wind was blowing too hard and the rain was still coming so we'd have to wait for the fireworks. So, in the meantime, we watched Sara dance and took silly pictures. Here's some of the best of the night.

This is what happens when Brad has gel in his hair, it then gets wet, and I get ahold of it.

This is what happens when Sara tries to sit on Steve.

This is what happens when Brittney says she's cold.

Aren't they just so cute?!

Aren't we just so cute?!

Isn't Brittney just so cute?! (she refused to have her picture taken)

Well, finally the wind let up and the rain stopped and the fireworks began!

When Steve dropped us off that night after all the festivities we got curbside service, literally!

We love Sara and Steve and are so excited for all the fun times that still lay ahead this next week before she goes home!

Oh, and Happy belated Pioneer Day!

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