The first day (july 2nd) was spent fighting jet lag, and losing. But surprisingly it wasn't bad for too long and we were mostly adjusted by the 4th of July! My dad's side of the family was having a reunion and we were all together for the 4th of July. I started the day off with the girls outside, soaking up the morning sun and seriously crushing over Utah grass. Oh, I miss Utah grass. It is simply divine. The girls were playing around and eating captain crunch "cwunchees" out of a red cup, courtesy of 'Papa' who has never turned down any of Jane's requests for treats.
Lyla's signature pose. She points at everything, and nothing.
After a morning at my dad's apartment, we headed to my uncle Mikey's house and a lot of us drove up a mountain for a hike. I use the word 'hike' generously since it was more like a scenic walk. But a scenic walk that was actually worth the long drive up the mountain. It just felt right to be up in the mountains soaking up some of the finest beauty this country has to offer. Oh how I've missed being so close to mountains!
These views turned the scenic walk into a scenic take-three-steps-and-pause-to-take-a-picture. Not sure I burned many calories this day ;)
After the hike and picnic, we went back to my Uncle Mikey's and had a big barbecue. Obviously. Complete with a fruit pizza that I made, and burnt, but that was still edible. It looked cute anyways.
Crashing hard like a true college student.
After the barbecue we went to a park and took family pictures since almost everyone (besides the 2 boys serving missions) was there! We found a beautiful park and I used my uncle's tripod and pretended to be a professional photographer. Major props to real photographers! I bow to you. That would be one of the most stressful jobs ever! Like, you can't control the SUN!! And if the sun is bad, it's so hard to get good pictures. Not to mention, most people in this universe feel that getting group pictures taken is a loathesome and horrendous chore. And so to appease those grumps, you have to act fast! Anyways, I didn't get any spectacular shots, but I worked with what I had. (temperamental sun, and a whole lotta people who were not interested in standing around smiling for an hour. don't blame 'em.) I sure love these people!
I must mention the tripod was set up in the middle of the street and so whenever a car came, I had to bolt out of the way.
It really was everything the 4th of July should be: exploring the outdoors, barbecues, lots of family, throwing pop-its, and ending it with a literal bang of fireworks.