Tuesday, July 6, 2010

the 4th

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.  We always have lots of fun with our family.  We usually go to a parade, have a fun bbq and swim at aunt Melinda's and watch fireworks.  So, I was a little sad that going back to Utah was a little too far for such a short break so we decided to drive 5 hours west to LA.  Even though I really missed my family, we had a great time!

Madden loved eating sand and anything in the sand:)

Emerson was in heaven at the beach!

We got a kick out of Mr. Patriotic who kept walking up and down the beach, it was pretty funny.
My boys on the boardwalk at Santa Monica Beach
A fun thing we did (that I had never done before) was go to the Griffith Observatory.  It is such a cool place.  This is us up there.  It has the most amazing view of the city.  It is located on the top of the hill with parks all around.
Mike especially loved this place, inside it has a bunch of science exhibits, all about space and planets and stars.  He could have stayed for hours but the rest of us would have been a little bored.  

From the Griffith Observatory there are hiking trails all over.  Emerson was so excited to go hiking.  
Mike stayed with Madden under a tree for shade (the poor kid had a little sunburn from the beach) so Emerson wanted to take a picture of me.  I think he did a pretty good job for a kid who is still 2!
Mike and I have always wanted to watch fireworks on the beach so we parked far away and made the trek down.  This is my boys in Marina Del Rey, such a cool place!
Madden and Mike on the beach, it was a little cold!

Emerson ran miles that night.  This is him doing "his dance" on the beach.  It looks like breakdancing. It is adorable!

Overall it was such a nice trip.  It was nice to get away from the horrible heat and spend some good time with the boys I love most!

8 comments:

How Sweet it is! said...

Looks like you had fun. You were missed at all the festivities at Scott and Melindas. Next year?!

Logan said...

I missed seeing you this year. Next year we will have to do the run again together. I couldn't do it this year, so next year we'll for sure have to do it! :) It looks like you guys had a fun time at the beach!

Staci said...

I'm sad that you weren't here but glad that you had fun in California. It was fun talking to you guys over Skype last night and seeing Emerson's dance! Hopefully he'll be okay with Katelyn being his cousin once she's here. :)

Julie said...

Oh I am so jealous! It looks like you had so much fun!! Selfishly though, I am glad you are back :)

Linsey said...

Wish we could of seen you more, but glad you had fun!

Jessica said...

Great pictures, Val! I'm glad you guys had a fun trip!

Kelsey and Riley said...

we sure did miss you but it looks like you had a ton of fun! :) i bet fireworks on the beach were amazing.

Rachel said...

What a fun way to spend the 4th!! I'm so jealous that you live so close to California! I'm thinking maybe we should move to AZ. All the warm weather and its close to CA!! Not to mention you guys live there! It looks like you had so much fun! Not many places can top Utah on the 4th but the beach just might!! Way fun and very cute pictures!