July 24th we celebrate Pioneer Day.
This is the day pioneers officially entered the Salt Lake Valley following a long and arduous journey from Illinois.
We are sincerely grateful for pioneers -- for their faith and perseverance and love of God and example. We are grateful for all that they went through to help us become what we are. We are thankful for Mormon pioneers who made it possible to continue life with a budding religion so that we can continue to hold to that faith to this day.
We appreciate the things we learn from their stories and the way they lived their testimonies. It is good to remember them and take a moment to recall where we have come from and (hopefully) where we are headed.
And so, to celebrate, we blow things up.
But first we set off smoke bombs.
Aubrey is not impressed with these.
But she gets into the action as we move the fun along.
And so does the rest of the crew.
And then the kids climb up on top of the car to really enjoy the show and we all watch as things explode.
We start the fun on the ground...
...and grow to the sky.
Thanks pioneers (of all varieties). We are glad for the chance to celebrate you.