Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Patriotic Americans

Our family has a proud military service history. The 4th of July is always a fun time. We look forward to it every year--family gathering, barbecues, fireworks. We love it! Gabriel and his classmates made little Patriotic handprints to decorate their classroom door:

 We are, indeed, proud to be Americans! (How cute is that??)

McKay and his older brother, Darick, are both in the Army. They both serve in the Army Reserve and are also both Army ROTC Cadets in the Cougar Battalion (BYU, UVU, SUU, and Dixie). The Cougar Battalion's "Cannon Crew" was a part of Provo, Utah's Freedom Festival Parade (the Freedom Festival is among the largest 4th of July celebrations in the nation). McKay's Reserve unit (also in Provo) was part of the parade as well! All of the reservists in McKay's unit and their families were invited to ride in Army Vehicles in the parade - it was so neat!!

Loading up the cannon | McKay and his brother in uniform

Gabriel and Daddy ready to ride in the parade!!

In the transport truck waiting to get on our way

Riding the route! Gabriel was so cute! He waved and blew kisses to everyone!

He was pretty pooped by the end of the parade. He got hold of Daddy's hat and wouldn't let go!

 In other July news...we gave Gabriel a mohawk.
The grandmas did NOT approve...