Back in America for the 4th

I’m really glad to be back in the United States.  These previous four Sundays have all been in different countries (Austria, Ukraine, Germany & England).  I’m so glad to have been in these wonderful places and grown to love many of them.  Today is my first Sunday back in America, and I’m thrilled that it happens to be Independence Day.

The family tradition is to meet up in Midway, Utah with the rest of the extended family.  There’s the annual water balloon toss, water balloon launch, water balloon rock/paper/scissors, water balloon capture the flag & water balloon free for all.  If you haven’t recognized the pattern, there are tons of water balloons at this thing.  We’re talking thousands, literally.  It takes most of the morning to fill them all up. (for more water balloon funniness, see this picture and this video).

Later we have a huge barbecue dinner with all the fixins.  The kids shoot off rockets and we generally relax and catch up with each other.  Later in the evening, we have our own fireworks show and catch the one the city puts on as well.

I’ve always looked forward to it every year.  It’s a great time to be together with family and celebrate the beginnings of our country.  My grandpa served in WWII and other times throughout his life.  He helped protect this nation, it’s people and their rights.  I consider myself extremely blessed to have been born in this country and have so many opportunities to do and be whatever I want.  But it’s more than just that.  I can help mold my country.  I can get involved with the process.  With all these privileges and blessings comes huge responsibilities.  I’m not sure that I ever step up to these challenges like I’m supposed to, but I can keep trying.

Happy Independence Day!

For an interesting article about fireworks go here.

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