I started the day with a 5K WALK at 6:30am. It's technically a RUN, but since I would rather stick pokey things in my eyes than run anywhere, I opted to just walk it.
At 12:00, we gathered in the driveway of our former neighbor's home to watch the parade down Main Street.
Here they are having their lovely brunch outside as the parade goes by. Aren't they so cute? Only in Mendon is this possible.
The cousins all gathered in the gazebo to watch.
After the Great Race, the Mendon Fire Trucks drove onto the middle of the soccer fields for the Hose Down. It's like a giant foamy bubble bath in the middle of the park.
Aunt Nance couldn't resist adding a little bling to her already gorgeous toes!
There were inflatable jumpy toys and more fun in the afternoon. (Since my kids are now old enough to play by themselves and not require any assistance, I went back to the Gr's house and snuck in a 30 minute power nap!)
For dinner, we met the rest of the family and had Navajo Tacos! This is a borrowed picture and it doesn't come close to looking as delicious as the actual one I had, but I was way too busy eating to stop and take pictures. I have been waiting an entire YEAR to eat one of these, which is probably silly because I bet I could make them myself. But there's something about eating them at the park in Mendon on the 24th of July that makes them even more delicious. Even without meat, they're super yummy!!
After dinner, the Scout Master and I wandered around visiting with people we had somehow missed over the last 20 days. And then we met the rest of the family again for fireworks. We brought glow sticks and sparklers to entertain the younger kids until it was dark enough to start the fireworks show, and they were a HUGE hit. The Scout Master found super huge sparklers that were 4 feet long! And I think this was the best fireworks show I've seen in Mendon in 9 years!
We had a great day especially because all of our family got to participate with us this year. I'm not sure we'll make it back to Mendon for the 10th Celebration in a row for our family, but this year was amazing. It was the perfect end to a great month!
Happy Pioneer Day!!