First of all, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. There’s something about fireworks, parades and grilling that just brings out joy in everyone. I love it!

This year is extra special because our family has just returned from a 24-day, 21 state road trip. (I know, I’m a little behind on my Travel Journal posting!) You can use this link to catch my latest post, What We Did In Wyoming. 

Anyway, on the trip we were able to explore so much of the country. And although we didn’t quite make it from sea to shining sea, we did see TONS of amazing landscape. There’s not a more fitting title than America The Beautiful!

This past Sunday we were driving home from church and Lee Greenwood’s song, God Bless The U.S.A. came on the radio. As my kiddos belted out the lyrics a realization hit Miller.

From the lakes of Minnesota.

“Hey, We’ve been there.”

To the hills of Tennessee. 

We’ve been there too!”

And across the plains of Texas…

This back and forth continued through the last notes of the song. After it ended both kids tried to talk at once. Miller suggested that the singer “pob-lee” took a road trip like ours when he was a kid. And Mary Grace was slightly annoyed that he didn’t make mention of The Grand Canyon.

Somehow the conversation turned to a series of questions about our beautiful country that they’ve gotten to explore. After a minute, I grabbed my phone and started recording the conversation- knowing I’d want to remember their answers (and share a couple of them here!)

What is your favorite state that we’ve visited?

Miller: Missouri (he is obsessed with the Cardinals baseball team!)
Mary Grace: South Dakota

What is your favorite National Park?

Miller: Mount Rushmore
Mary Grace:
 Waco Mammoth. Or the Grand Canyon. No, definitely Waco Mammoth.

Which state do you want to go back to the most?

Miller: Alaska. I pointed out that he’s never been and he responded “I know. That’s why I want to go back the most.” 
Mary Grace: Missouri (Not because of baseball…she wants to spend 10 more days at Science City in Kansas City and then ride up in the Arch again in St. Louis.)

On this special day of celebrating our country I’m mostly thankful for all the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom. Happy 4th everyone!

You might also enjoy reading:

A Trip To Celebrate America’s Independence

How To Do The Freedom Trail With Kids

The Most Interesting Place I’ve Ever Been

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