This morning the girls and I had flag duty for the neighborhood so we had to be up and out by 6:00AM. We finished flags and went straight to the ward breakfast. Always a great activity. They have someone give a thought and then we have pancakes and eggs and sausage and hash browns and juice. Start the holiday off right. Our neighbor that gave the thought today did a great job. He talked about just a small line out of the Declaration of Independence. That every man has the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The way it is written it sounds like it is every man for himself and that it could be a very self centered way to live. And you see a little bit of that self centered attitude in the world today, however he gave several examples of how people have taken the true meaning to heart. Really it is written to hopefully encourage us to take it upon us as our duty to ensure and help others to attain their pursuit of happiness. It was a cool twist and different way of thinking about that great document and words that we are all familiar with. We are so lucky to live in such a country that allows us the freedoms to choose, because that is how we learn and deepen our own character. If you are forced to choose a certain way I don't think it can possibly have the same impact on your inner soul. Great way to start off the day that I was dreading a little bit. So far so good.
We got home a little later from the breakfast than I had hoped. About the time we walked in is when I realized that I had forgotten to do the one thing that I was in charge of for my friends lunch. There is a jello that I make that we call "Juliette jello" because their daughter Juliette actually liked it. She was a toughy to get to eat anything and so it makes me feel pretty special that she would eat it. Juliette was born with Trisome 18 and she lived until she was about 16 years old. She died over 10 years ago I think. It has just always been my tradition since then to bring that jello to the 4th of July! And I forgot to do it! Are you feeling the pit in my stomach? Good grief. I quickly made it up, hoping that maybe it would have time to set. Then I made up some guacomole and some cute chocolate dipped strawberries:
We got to our friends house and then we walked the few houses down to the parade. It is always fun to go because we usually run into people that we know. I was hoping not to run into to many today because I don't know who knows about Tatum and who doesn't. Luckily I really only ran into one old friend and he was aware and he and his wife also lost a daughter not too long after Trevin died. So they know how it is.
After the parade we had a yummy lunch and just visited.
PS, the jello never set! It is currently sitting in my friends refrigerator. Hopefully it will set by tomorrow and they can have it with their leftovers. Seriously cursed! I can't remember anything these days.
Before we went home Lance wanted to go to the cemetery to see what Trevin's plot looked like since we moved him. Don't be jealous of our exciting and glamorous life! It was a little strange to see just a blank space where he used to be. It would have been really hard if I didn't feel so peaceful about having them both so close to us now. I love having them in Lehi. Just a little strange to not have him their in Provo anymore.
On the way home I could not stay awake. I haven't slept very good the past few nights and so I was really sleepy. When we pulled in to the garage, I realized I wasn't the only sleepy head. Cute. Teenagers and three year olds are very similar in a lot of ways:)
After a few hours I tried to muster up some energy. I knew that I had two things that I had to do, collect the flags from the neighborhood and rustle up some dinner for the fam. I had about an hour or so before that needed to happen so I decided to try and look at my road bikes. Both had a few issues that have been preventing me from riding them and I think that I really need to be able to go on rides. I think it would be good for me mentally. I was able to get them both out and tune them up a little and fix the few problems that I have on mine at least temporarily until I figure out a permanent fix. My old road bike I decided that I wanted to fix up for Lance to ride to work. He has been riding his 20 year old mountain bike with no gears and huge tires. I think that he will cut off a lot of commute time if he rides the road bike. I felt pretty good to get those things figured out.
I came up with a plan for a simple dinner and then we went and gathered all of the flags. We put the daisies out at the cemetery and then we went and got shaved ice.
First Holiday, Check.