Wednesday, July 21, 2010

America, America!

The Fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday. I love everything about it--the food, the family get-togethers, the friends, the fireworks, the parties, and just the overall feeling of happiness and gratitude that I have throughout the entire day. I am so grateful that I am an American and that I live in such a wonderful place.

I have always thought that my favorite part of the 4th was being at home in Washington with my own family. Fort Vancouver claims to have the best fireworks show west of the Mississippi and I love going every year. However, when I found out Carrie Underwood was coming to Provo for the Stadium of Fire this year, there was no question that I would be staying here. She is pretty much my favorite person in the world and the only celebrity that I care anything about. She is my idol. (Please excuse the cliche.)

As I've mentioned on this blog before, I have a pretty sweet job with some awesome benefits. One of those happens to be that Fillmore Spencer is the legal counsel to the Freedom Festival so they have access to pre-order seats at the Stadium of Fire and they get really good seats. Ours were in row 2. They were worth every penny I paid!

Waiting for the show to start

Not the most flattering shot, it's just to show how close we were.

Jacob was excited too! He LOVED the flyover.

Carrie came out to sing the National Anthem! It gave me the chills. Seriously. It was absolutely amazing.

And this was me when she finally came out for the concert. Like I said, she's my idol. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! :)

She is gorgeous. I want to meet her. She's coming to the Rose Garden in Portland in September. Only $1,800 for the meet-and-greet. Daddy? Pleeeeease???? :)
When she sang "Temporary Home" I teared up during the last verse where she sings about the old man in the hospital room, thinking about my grandpa. She is a very spiritual person and I could feel of her goodness throughout her performance. Someone needs to share the Gospel with that girl!

The other parts of the show were pretty amazing too!

Surprisingly, I have to say, I am a Provo 4th of July convert! Their fireworks were so awesome! Except for maybe the rogue ones that shot straight into the crowd. One of them burned Jenny Oaks Baker. Oops.

In my opinion, they'll never top Carrie Underwood, but I'm sure I'll return to the Stadium of Fire again next year.


Shalyn and Cooper said...

4th of July is my favorite as well and I LOVE the fireworks at the Fort, but that post makes me want to try Stadium of Fire sometime!

The 3 Kjar Bears said...

aaahhhh!! I'm so jealous! (in a good way:) SO glad you guys had so much fun on the 4th!!! I've heard carrie underwood live a couple years ago, opened for brad paisley, so i only got to hear a couple songs from her :( ...she was so good! And she manages to get better! =) And i couldn't agree more with your comment of her having such a good spirit...someone should absolutely introduce her to the church!! :) :) :)

Steve and Shauna said...

Oh my gosh she is one of my favorites too!! I'm so glad you guys got to go and with such good seats :) She is amazing! And I love you in those pictures getting so are too cute.

And I'm with you on the meet and greet. 1,800 isn't that bad, right? ;)

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