pioneer day.


July 24th is a state holiday here in Utah. For what you may ask? Well on July 24, 1847 the first group of Latter-day Saints settled into Salt Lake City, after being forced from Nauvoo, and other states on the East coast because of religious persecution. It is pretty cool to celebrate something that I know my ancestors specifically were apart of.

But to be honest, I didn't even know this holiday existed until I moved to Utah... haha does that make me a bad Mormon? The first year I moved here I was headed to work and they had shut down practically all the streets in Salt Lake City! I was late for work because I had no clue what July 24th was here in Utah, and that I would need to be prepared for alternative routes haha.

It is pretty much like the fourth of July all over again! Parades, fireworks, rodeos... the whole nine yards! This year my parents and little brother Alex happened to be in town looking for housing for him since he will be coming back to the University of Utah in the fall (Go Utes!) so we got to spend the day with them, which was a real treat :)

There just so happens to be a a replica little Pioneer village in a park across the street from mine and Trevor's apartment, and there was a big festival going on. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally check the little village out.

We had fun walking around and going through the houses and reading about the history of the first settlers there. It was getting pretty hot so we ended the day at our favorite local shaved ice place... I mean, shaved ice, ice cream, and condensed milk... if that doesn't spell out summer, I don't know what does.

A fun day with family and friends. 

 Yes. My husband doesn't do his hair, and walks around in public with giant holes in his clothes... what can you do?! haha 
He doesn't care what people think!
My Dad was a  Metallurgical Engineering Major (Basically the study of the Periodic Table for those of us not so smart haha) for his undergraduate degree. He likes to joke around that, that makes him a modern day blacksmith, so we thought this picture was perfect for him :)
 Alex and Trevor having fun on the stilts :) haha

A typical face from Alex :)
And of course, it wouldn't be a picture of me and Trevor if he wasn't squinting in it! haha


32 comments

  1. Okay, that hole? Hilaaaaarious. And I love that he doesn't care what people think; I mean, only a tool would judge anyone based on something minor like that.

    Happy Pioneer Day! Glad you guys had such a blast celebrating it.

    Also, I love that teepee. Aaaaand now I want some shaved ice even though it's winter in Melbourne. Pah! ;-)

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  2. Hey, my dad is a metallurgical engineer, too, as is my mother in law - random! :)

    preethi
    lace, etc.

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  3. This looks like so much fun!

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  4. Lawyers...they do what they want. haha

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  5. I learned something new today - never had heard of that holiday! MA has holidays that nobody else celebrates too (Patriot's Day and Evacuation Day). Oh and how I wish Boston would sell shaved ice. Love it but can never have it!!

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  6. I cracked up at that HUGE hole in his shirt, lol! My husband has been guilty of being out with 'holey' shirts before, but never quite that large ;)

    And those sno cones you are eating look DELISH! Would be perfect on this 99 degree day we're having here in Ohio!!

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  7. My good friend is from St. George and she was getting a little home sick on the 24th when she was seeing everyone's pictures of the american flag in honor of Utah day! Loving your skirt, and the fact that your husband doesn't care what other people think-awesome!

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  8. Okay, a few things.

    1. you are so cute, always
    2. SNOWCONES
    3. totally my husband right thurr. bed head, doesn't care, the squint. haha. love it.

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  9. Yay for Pioneer Day! I love your photos! Oh Utah I love you too!

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  10. Same for me! I didn't even know the holiday existed until I moved out to Utah and everything was closed. I never celebrated as hard core as you guys- looks like so much fun!

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  11. That is so fun that you went to the Pioneer Day Extravaganza! I coordinated the event! :)

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  12. Yum! Those snow cones look so tasty right about now!

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  13. Love these pics! My hubby is from Salt Lake and since we live in AZ now, he didn't get yesterday off for Pioneer Day! He was explaining it to me and now with your pictures - I can visualize! How fun! We hope to move back to Utah very soon!!

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  14. Happy Pioneer Day! My ancestors were part of that group too coming from Wales and England :)

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  15. Yay for Pioneer Day! I want to go!

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  16. My husband would call the holes in your husband's shirt "ventilation."

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  17. Oh wow, never seen anything like it. Very interesting thanks :)
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  18. Looks like a great day, Those snow cones look amazing, we don't have snow cones over here

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  19. The holes are so funny. It bugs me that Peter does the same thing. I finally got him to throw away a pair of jeans with a hole in the rear...I saw the hole forming and he wouldn't throw them away...so I might've helped the hole get bigger so he would throw them away on his own terms...or so he thought :)

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  20. Looks so fun! :)

    ...I'm still (trying) making new Friends too!
    Ah, the things we do for love... :)
    Eat Cake

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  21. Looks like an extravaganza to me! mmmm shaved ice cream yum :)

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  22. Oh yum shaved ice!! I remember eating those in NY. They don't have those here where I live :(

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  23.  Very endearing to not care what people think! I care way too much! ha

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  24. that looks so fun! love the snowcones :)

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  25. Looks like quite the crazy (but fun) outing!

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  26. Pioneer Day looks like a ton of fun!

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  27. Hi Alycia, thanks for popping by to say hello :) following along. Your blog is so cute, made me really chuckle about Trevor's top!!! At least he doesnt take himself too seriously!!
    Nic x

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  28. oh. my. GOODNESS!
    our husbands are twins.
    serious.
    dying laughing over here!
    love it
    xxo

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  29. I am so glad to see that other people's husbands wear holey clothes and don't care what other people think. My husband says he wants people to have low expectations so he can surprise them. He doesn't like being judged by his appearance. I try to look cute and he is beside me wearing sports shorts and a worn out t-shirt. He does at least shave his curly red afro so no crazy bed head MOST of the time.

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