Okay folks. Let me tell you one thing. Pioneer Day is the most anticipated and looked foward to event of the entire year here in Monroe. This float from the parade is a perfect likeness to Monroe. If you haven't been here, this is exactly what our town looks like. Seriously. To get to our house, turn left at the Texaco.We are the resident town that hosts festivities for the surronding towns, and it is 4 solid days of PARTY. So you may think the following description of events covers an entire 3 month summer, but really, this is all that we did in the last 4 days. We are EXHAUSTED but ridiculously satisfied and full of fun and memories.
Friday morning, the actual Pioneer Day, started out with the PARADE. Debuting our very own VIANA! She performed with the mini-cheer camp. It was pretty priceless. She was gung-ho that morning, and this is a classic video of her performance. The last two seconds make every single second worth it.
After the parade we went to the park for the "fair" portion. It was SOOOOOOO crowded, and I totally had a pregnant moment with tears and everything. But it was still wonderful. Wonderful enough that we said, let's go home and come back in an hour when there won't be 9 million people here. And when we came back it was delightful. Viana and Brooke raced goldfish. Viana won, but they both got to keep their competitors. Viana's fish died the next day. Brooke's is still swimmin' though! Viana also got to ride a pony. Pretty exciting. And, Eric had a deep-fried ding-dong, and we ventured to a deep-fried Snickers this time as well. YUM!
Shortly thereafter our good friends the Tuckers, Brady, Marla, Bailee, and baby Rachel came to stay with us as well. Full house on Pioneer Day, what could be better! We had dinner at Rice King Buffett, Viana and Bailee became instant friends, and as an afterthought we realized that it was a celebration dinner for LaDon's 25th birthday the next morning. After that we headed to the Middle School for the concert and fireworks show. HOLY COW. It was a GREAT show! See how we did not bring chairs to sit on, but only blankets? That is becasue you have to lay down to see the fireworks, that is how close they were, it was AWESOME! Jamie and LaDon had to leave after that...I love the Lindes and I'm sad they are moving, but we are so glad they got to come for a bit!
Saturday Eric was in the Pioneer Day tennis tournament! He played from 8:30am until 1:30 in the afternoon. Can we say SUNBURN!! But guess what? He took 3rd in the singles division!!! Good job Eric! It was SOOOOOOO fun to watch him play tennis. And Bailee and Viana (and Brooke) got to play at the park by the courts while Eric played, so they were in Heaven. Next we did lunch at Bullies where Eric and Brady had free shakes from being in the tennis tournament. Saturday evening we went to the High School to watch "The Broadway Revue"--more good Monroe celebration. It was such a great show! I love our town. So, that wrapped up the celebrations of Monroe for Pioneer Day.
And yes, we are taking reservations for next years celebration if you would like to come be our house guest and partake of all the goodness Monroe has to offer. There's plenty. We didn't even do EVERYTHING.
Viana had so much fun with Bailee and we are so glad the Tuckers could stay with us. It was nice for Viana to have a 3 year old to play with all day long for 2 straight days! Whew. What a great weekend. Thanks for lasting this long, I'm sure you're tired from reading that, and now you can imagine how tired our bodies are. Especially Eric, the prize winning tennis player!!
And I only have 6 more weeks of full term pregnancy!