Henry and Adam on the train.

The 24th of July was on a Sunday this year so the parade and most of the celebrations (fireworks, etc.) were on Monday the 25th.  The perfect thing to do for a Pioneer Day celebration is to visit Heritage Park at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, Ut.  A small train moves you around the park from site to site much to the enjoyment of all kids!

Fun at Heritage Park, Bec and Jen on the train.

The best 24th of July with family!!

Scott Esplin, his fiance Becca and Shelley Esplin




but the float doctor came to the rescue.

The Jewish float had trouble and smoke started billowing….

I think this will be one of my favorite 24th of July, with family watching a parade in memory of the pioneers!!  Here we are sitting on the asphalt watching the parade.  Henry is in my lap, Jen next to me and Becca in her dad’s lap (Adam).  It was a beautiful day.

Henry, Me, Jen, Becca and Adam, parade watching!

Henry, Adam and Becca watching parade. Shelley Esplin is in the background.

Becca and Henry send their love to President Monson…and it is returned!

As Becca and Henry waved at President Monson he made a fist and touched his chest over his heart and then pointed and waved to them.  They responded by throwing kisses to him.  It was a beautiful moment.

President Monson

President Monson leads the parade.

Pioneer Day weekend in Salt Lake City

We decided to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah with Jen, Adam, and the kids. We were fortunate enough to get tickets for the Pioneer Program at the Conference Center.