First of all, for those of you non-Utahns...July 24th is a state holiday here called Pioneer Day. It commemorates the entry of the first pioneer settlers into the Salt Lake Valley (on July 24, 1847). The Days of '47 are celebrated, among other things, with parades and fireworks. And - I happen to know someone that, as a little girl, used to think that all those big celebrations were for her! My mom! That is because the 24th of July is also her birthday. So, while we of course celebrate the pioneers & are grateful for all of their sacrifices...last night was all about Mom.
Josh & Mark manned the grill.
Matt started trying to teach Noah colors by quizzing him on what color each of the balloons outside were.
The food was delicious!
The flowers were bright & cheerful, and the drinks cold & refreshing.
...but most of all - we're glad that you won the croquet game on your birthday, Mom! Really though, Mom - we love you so much. Thank you for all that you do for each of us, and for the person that you are.
P.S. I had to include this picture of Noah from after the party...he toted this balloon around the entire house with him, including while brushing his teeth :)