10 July 2007

A DC 4th

We spent our 4th of July in the nation's capitol and it was amazing. We went to a parade in the morning. Nicole loved it, but the kids and I thought it was just like any other parade. Nicole and I (mostly Nicole) had an interesting conversation with some college students from England who were impressed at how our nation was so united around its identity as a nation. They mentioned that the only thing that they had that united them was football (i.e., soccer to us yanks). I had never thought of how other countries view our patriotism. I just assumed that all countries were patriotic and this does not seem to be the case.


After being stuck in the National Museum of Natural History because of a tornado warning we made our way to the national mall (which really isn't a mall as we would refer to it, i.e., as a shopping center) for the fireworks show. We sat in the grass between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial in front of the reflecting pool. Rebekkah made a friend from Michigan and they played as we waited for the show. Micah played with an annoying little girl who kept screaming as they chased eachother around playing tag.


I (Doug) have not historically been very patriotic, but man the experience was indescribable. I got choked up more than a few times as the patriotic music played in our ears with the memorials and fireworks in our eyes. The booms of the fireworks were so deep that you could feel it in your core. I was very thankful for our freedoms and extremely proud of our heritage as a nation. Here are some pictures:










5 comments:

Jason & Jodee said...

That's cool you got a picture of the fireworks. DC is a pretty cool place; I've been several times but Jason never has. I can imagine it would be cool for the 4th. And that's a pretty ring in the pic with the book... :) Are we your next road trip? :)

Hoxworths said...

Nicole found that ring in a parking lot! And yes, you were going to be our next road trip. When can we come over?!

Jason & Jodee said...

Dude, we're always here! Well, except for last weekend. We have some plans this weekend, the 4th of August and labor day weekend. Any other time would be great! (we really don't have lives) And I love free stuff - when you find something it's so nice. Jason found 22 bucks in his pants not too long ago. My first thought was what got shorted (we don't have that much cash to not notice 22 bucks missing), but it's nice nonetheless.

edwin and cristy said...

WHAT??? You have a blog?? And I JUST found out by finally looking a little closer at the Landon's links. This is awesome.... it has taken me about 1.5 hours to really look through all the things you've done... it's great! Glad to see what you've been up to. Miss you guys!

Andy and Sarah said...

Hyperlinkapalooza!!! That is the Doug I know.