The Best Fourth of July Yet!


For the last few years, my dear friend Jessie has made the trek up from Phoenix to spend the Fourth of July with us. She loves getting out of the heat of Phoenix that time of year and she’s always cold when it’s 70 degrees out and I enjoy teasing her about it. 😉 I am hot as hell when its 108 in Phoenix and avoid going down there when it’s hot like that so she can poke fun right back when 108 is just an average day in Phoenix. Anyway, she came up five lovely days out of the heat and its kind of become a tradition every year that she’ll be here. We love going to Music in the Park. Our town loves to put together a little music road show at various parks throughout the summer and we come with picnic blankets and baskets in hand soaking in the sounds of the bands and kids running playing in the grass in the evenings.This year though, we got rained out after an hour and Jessie was cold! 😉  The following day I took Jessie to one of my favorite sushi restaurants, Teppan Fuji. I would have taken a picture of my food but I didn’t think of it at the time. Anyway, we enjoyed ourselves while my five-year-old and his daddy went to see a movie. That night I also got drunk and it was awesome! I never do that. But it was good to hang out with my hubs and our friend and partake in a little too much alcohol in the comfort of my own couch.

On the fourth of July, we woke up and went to the parade in Munds Park. It’s about 20 minutes outside of Flagstaff. It wasn’t anything like Flagstaff’s parade since the town is made up of a “general store” a fire station, a few restaurants, and a golf course. It’s mainly a vacation place for Phoenicians, but it such a lovely place to visit when I have friends who come up and stay down there from the valley.

I took a lot of pictures but thought the best way to share them all without picture overload was via collage.

The morning parade: 

On our way back from Munds Park we got stuck in a rain storm. The rain was coming down so hard and in sheets that I couldn’t see 10 feet in front of us and I was afraid I wouldn’t see the instate change off coming up. It was pretty scary. Monsoon season in Flagstaff can be pretty awesome but also pretty crazy at the same time and we are subject to lots of flooding because our ground gets so hard.  We got home safely and thankfully the weather cleared up enough to have a nice backyard BBQ before we saw fireworks that evening.

My husband was the grill master and Jessie invited a friend of hers up from Phoenix to join us and we had a delicious BBQ with some burgers, corn on the cob, BBQ meatballs and my always requested salsa!

The kids also got to play with noisemakers:

We cleaned up from the BBQ and headed out to Twin Arrows Casino to see fireworks! Our town down fireworks but it costs $10 to park and they are “fire safe” fireworks so they don’t go but 50 feet off the ground and are not that impressive. I totally get why they do the fire safe ones though due to our wildfire history and its bad here in Arizona.

Anyway, the ones at Twin Arrows is what we prefer. We got separated from Jessie and her friend because they rode out in a different vehicle and then we didn’t have cell phone service out there, but we did enjoy an amazing fireworks display and I will always remember how it made my two-year-old laugh!
Check it out!

It was a pretty perfect day full of fun with friends and family and one of the best ones yet I think.

The next day Jessie and I met up with another friend of hers who will be frequenting Flagstaff regularly and got lunch at Diablo Burger. I had never eaten there before and it was pretty good. My favorite part was the spicy honey mustard that came with those delicious season fries.

How was your Independence Day?


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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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