Independence Day seems like such a long time ago...okay, maybe because it WAS such a long time ago. However, we had THE BEST time over the 4th of July and I wanted to make sure to document our fun getaway, even if it was over 2 months ago. With a three week summer break from school, we crammed in as much as possible. Our favorite trip by far was our time spent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The kids claimed it was WAY better than Disneyland, which made me incredibly happy yet simultaneously sadly confused.
(Why did we just spent thousands of dollars on a Disney-Vacay when an old cowboy town rocks their world??!)
We arrived the night before the 4th and spent the evening in our condo watching The Chronicles of Narnia. Oh, and also hunting an incredibly evasive mouse that ended up eluding us our entire stay. Okay, John hunted the mouse, the rest of us ran away in sheer terror every time we heard, saw, or felt it's presence in any way.
The morning of the 4th we woke up bright and early to hit the town.
A few locals welcomed us to the area...
We spent the morning relaxing and chowing down on a yummy breakfast in the beautiful antler-clad town square while awaiting the much anticipated parade.
The beautiful landscape, the western music blaring from every corner, and the countless cowboys made for one patriotic parade.
Surprisingly, the crowds were non-existent and the candy never stopped coming. The kids were in heaven, they literally NEVER stopped waving, its a wonder their little arms could endure it.
Every single piece of candy that came their way was quickly snatched up and hurled full force at mom in the blink of an eye. Why they threw every single piece of candy at their hugely pregnant mother was quite the mystery and no, I did not bribe them.
Despite the embarrassing apparent candy hording, we had a great morning. It was the perfect beginning to what ended up being a fantastic Independence day. I definitely had a few proud-to-be-an-American moments and one tear jerking proud-to-be-a-mother moment as well...
After the parade, the wild west continued in full force at the cowboy shoot out.
Okay, I may have screamed a couple of times and I knew without a doubt the kids were going to be terrified, probably even cry...
They loved it.
We spent the rest of the day exploring good 'ole Jackson Hole.
Visiting art galleries...
And doing lots and lots of shopping.
Macie was in heaven picking out pink western wear...
While the boys spent their time trying to outdo each others ugly-face...
While, all three seemed to have an unnatural affection toward
dead stuffed animals.
Their real joy however, was found in an actual living creature.
I'm pretty sure this little guy and his peek-a-boo technique is what beat out Disneyland.
Wyatt too had an animal obsession...he counted every single dog he spotted that day, ending with a grand total of 100. Somehow, he was sure there hadn't been any repeats, just an exact 100 dogs roaming the streets of Jackson Hole.
Our evening brought celebrating and dancing to music from a live band at Teton Village...
Followed by a spectacular up close and personal firework show.
We all wholeheartedly agreed that this was the best 4th of July in McCoy family history and hopefully will become a favorite family tradition. I think part of what made it so great was just being together as a family, without the craziness of day to day life. We had a wonderful time celebrating America in Jackson Hole and can't wait to return next year.