Friday, July 8, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July was quite eventful here in Reno for us...

 We started out by getting up super early...we got to the hot air balloon line at 6:15 am--they were offering FREE (tethered) rides. 

 We stood in line for 2 hours--almost got to the front--and then we were told that they wouldn't get to us.  So we wandered off to see what else we could do.  Then they kept the balloons going until the FOUR groups after us got on.  I was quite upset and tired and ornery by then.  Good thing the girls were more easy to appease.  Someone was handing out free balloons and they were happy.  It took me a bit longer to get over it...  At least we all got a nap when we got home!
We later went swimming, played games, and went to watch the fireworks from a distant park.  Sad that we didn't have a parade.  Oh, and apparently here, a "pancake breakfast" is just that--pancakes.  We ended up paying $3 per person for 2 pancakes and a drink--I miss the good old hometown breakfasts and parades! 

happy birthday fun

So, it was Josh's birthday last week.  We decided to take a drive to the mountains and hang out for the day.  We spent a few hours at an old crystal mine digging for crystals--pretty cool!  Then we had a little campout dinner.  It was a lot of fun!  Next time we'll have to stay overnight! 

showing off her giant pine cone
having fun in the mountains

not having fun in the mountains..

birthday boy and his cake