Thursday, July 5, 2007

it's the return of...the flag pants!



John's dad, Jerry, owned and revered his special flag pants for several years. That is, until the day that John's oldest brother Paul, snuck them out of his closet, and took them away forever...well, at least that pair. But Jerry refuses to be defeated, he found himself a new pair...and can now go on celebrating Independence day, like a true American...clad in the American flag!



Here we are at Jerry and Cheryl's ward's 4th of July breakfast. Unfortunately, we arrived a little late for the food, but enjoyed a wonderful flag ceremony and program. Jerry had put together a slide show with various images of our flag and several significant monuments coupled with some good, patriotic music. He did a very good job on it. I especially felt the spirit burn within me as we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the National Anthem. I'm so grateful for the flag and for what it symbolizes, as well as for the sacrifices that have been made for this country. We enjoy so many freedoms today, because of those countless sacrifices...for that, I am truly grateful! May God continue to bless this choice land...


John and Ruby enjoying the fireworks. Ruby's got the best seat in town, and boy did she ever enjoy the show!


We were trying to get a great shot, with fireworks exploding over our heads...this is the best we could do...


Here we our with our friends, Mike and Steph Jones...on our sorry 2ft patch of lawn, in the 108 degree weather(at 10:00 at night). We decided to give Tempe Town Lake a try. It was really fun, but super hot (it reached 117 during the day). In fact, I thought it was pretty funny that as I was gathering stuff and getting things ready to go, I asked John if we should bring a jacket for Ruby...he practically laughed in my face. I didn't realize that here in Arizona, it doesn't cool down at night (or in the morning). It's always hot...there's no getting around it. So other then the inescapable heat, and the masses of people everywhere, it was great fun! Next year, we need to get an earlier start. We heard on the radio today, that 10,000 people were there! I guess we were lucky then...to find our little 2 ft patch of grass to sit on!

5 comments:

buddens said...

Yay, Mike! I haven't seen him in FOREVER! Looks like you had a good time. And I LOVE Jerry's pants -- my dad has some equally hideous and festive Christmas pants.

Judy said...

You really celebrated the 4th of July in style!! It is one of my favorite holidays. The Boy Scouts put flags all over our neighbood, and Vaughn and I wore our red, white, and blue to the flag ceremony at the church. I always have tears when I see that flag raise up and sing the National Anthem. I think of my uncle Phil who gave his life for our freedom, and Trevor who is in Iraq now. I am also very thankful for our country. God bless America and those who are defending our freedom.

Kira Joy said...

What a fun holiday...but I was a little disappointed when I discovered that "Return of the Flag Pants" had nothing to do with John squeezing into those tight little flag jeans again! ;) Those were so hilarious!

Steph Jones said...

yeah.....sorry about the fireworks. Maybe Mike should have taken the picture cuz I could not catch them. Last night I thought of you and cut off some jeans to make them into shorts...they're almost as cute. Mike and I were just talking about how much fun we had; we really should get together more often.

nicole said...

No, Steph, it wasn't your fault at all. My flash just doesn't extend very far...I want a new camera.