July is a great month for holidays, Independence Day leads right into Pioneer Day. I always feel a little sad for people outside of Utah that don't get the double holiday. I'm pretty sure the pioneers didn't necessarily think it was perfect timing to arrive in Utah in the middle of July, but I appreciate the convenience of the holiday. This year the kids were able to go to a pioneer activity to learn more about what it would have been like to be. They had so much fun, but came home hot and tired and happy that they didn't have to be real pioneers.
The kids thought it was so fun to churn their own butter...putting it on homemade scones made it even more delicious.
Luke and Ruby had so much fun playing traditional pioneer games
Such as Sack Races....
Three legged race...
And the Stick Pull.
The kids were pretty amazed to know that pioneer kids really didn't have toys, at least not like the toys they are used to. The made humdingers out of a string and button and have been pretty excited to show them off to anyone who doesn't already know what a humdinger is (in other words, pretty much everyone).
Fiesta Days in Spanish Fork has become our traditional activity to celebrate Pioneer Day. Sometime I wonder how much I really love a parade, and whether it is worth the effort to get there...but then I watch Luke and Ruby and the cousins and their joy at the whole experience and I'm of course glad that we made it. Plus, there were a lot of Tootsie Rolls thrown so we wouldn't want to miss that.
A karate school stopped and gave Luke a board to try to break. They have for sure made a convert for life with that little stunt.
Really the best part of any celebration is the bonus family time
Ariel's sister Alona, the girls were in awe.
After the parade we found the free squirt guns and everyone (except me who tried to stay neutral) had way too much fun chasing down the enemy in a giant water fight. No one was safe and by the time we finally left, nearly everyone was soaked. It was a pretty great way to end the celebration