July 7, 2008

Land of the Free


We spent our Fourth up in Idaho at the Bob Harman Family Reunion. What a weekend it was--food, waterslides, fishing, sandcastles, skits, cousins I didn't recognize (oh wait, that's a Newman), and more food. What more do you need? We took a little detour and visited Murtaugh , Ryan's mom's hometown. It was fun to see the farm, lake and all three houses. What we discovered, though, is that Murtaugh barely qualifies as a town. There is a school (the "Alamo" has since been torn down), a church, an Ace Hardware, train tracks, Jo's Corner Store, and that's it. Janet said, "It's better than it looks." But for being so small, it was actually quite nice.

The highlight of the weekend was the fireworks show. When I heard we were doing fireworks at Uncle John's, I imagined some sparklers, a few roman candles and, to really make it official, one or two that went into the sky. I couldn't have been more wrong. My first clue should have been the 50+ cars parked along the street. We have a big family, but not this big. The entire community (600 people last year!!) was there, covering the lawns. The fireworks were impressive. They were the kind you have to go to school and get a permit to operate, according to Uncle Kent. They lasted so long my dad got bored and went inside (his attention span was never very long). After 35 minutes of in-your-face, in-the-sky, loud, sparkling, Disneyland-style fireworks Lee Greenwood sang us out. It was quite the evening--too bad we discovered this tradition the year they are selling the farm!

6 comments:

Janice said...

Sounds like fun!

Thayer Smock said...

your belly is looking pretty cute!

Henry Jackson said...

Thanks for your advice on potty training. I did hear about training at 1 year old and I'm totally up for trying it in a year. Your belly looks so cute. Mine never looks that good because I get so fat and I don't show that much because of my body type(tall and spacious torso). People I meet still ask me if I'm pregnant with that look on their faces like they could be making a big mistake by asking. You, on the other hand look darling:) Congratulations on finishing residency. Justin still has 3 years to go. Aye yai yai and I hear you about 120 days on call. I think Justin had even more days than that. Now it's down to around one call per week. Yes!

Janet said...

I love it that you went to Murtaugh. Seeing the field in the back ground actually made me homesick!

Brittney Chudleigh said...

you rock al! can't wait to see you at your shower. i totally blog stocked you by the way. it is fun to see what you guys are up to. :)

Hopkinson said...

We're so excited for you. Congrats on finishing residency and pregnancy. Way to go for your dreams. I love ya. Wish I could see you soon. Wish you could be my kids' ped. I'm beginning to think I should hire a live-in ped. instead of a nanny. It might be cheaper than all of our office visits!!!!!
Tiff