crab legs and america and ramblings

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Guys. I didn't take like ANY pictures over 4th of July! I'm crazy! I'm pretty sure this has happened the past few years - I just get too busy to remember to snap any pictures!

But our 4th was awesome, we spent time at home watching the parade, eating DELICIOUS salmon and turkey and salad, and flan, watched the Kaysville musical (it was rocking. go see it. and shout out to my friends who were in it and KILLED it.) hung out with Randy's brothers, and hit up the hometown firework show. All in all it was a fantastic weekend and I'm so happy we got to spend the 4th with my family.

Also, a few days before the 4th, Randy and I went a little crazy and made CRAB LEGS for dinner. Ok. So easy. So good.

Just buy crab legs either frozen or fresh from your grocery store.
Fill a pot with water and a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.
Bring to a boil - then throw in the legs!
Bring back to a boil and let them go for about 5-10 minutes, depending on if they were fresh or frozen. They'll start to turn pretty red when they're done.
Melt some butter in the microwave to go on the side.
Pull out the crab legs with some tongs and VOILA.
Just use a fork to crack those babies and pull the meat out!

On another note, I need to write about something that's been bothering me for the past few days.

I was just scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I saw several people post about how the 4th of July is all about celebrating rich white people who were really awful people, how America isn't the great country everyone wants to think it is because of this and that and the other.

Now, I understand people are entitled to their opinion.

I understand there are frustrations from many parties right now.

I understand there is confusion and a desire to be better.

I understand that some people in the past made mistakes.

Guess what.

We do too.

We don't stop celebrating people, what they did, and how they got us here, because they weren't perfect.

I am so thankful each and every day for the men and women who fought, struggled, and even died to make this country what it is today.

It's not a perfect country.

But I happen to think it's amazing. Incredible, And wonderful.

This country wasn't built on the backs of perfect people.

And perfect people don't live in it today.

But it's a country full of people who are still struggling, fighting, dying, to make it even better.

Isn't that the whole point?

So I'm thankful to the imperfect founding fathers for doing everything they knew how to do.

I'm thankful to each and every president for doing the best they could.

I'm thankful for each person who lived their lives, while trying to make our country better.

I'm thankful that those imperfect people decided to try.

Decided to work.

And I'm so thankful for people who are still out trying, and working today.

You don't have to think this country or its founders were perfect to love it, to celebrate, and to be proud.

There are always things we can improve. But we don't have to push anybody down in order to prove that there is room for improvement.

Be thankful for people who wanted to make a change - just like we want to today.

Don't tell me what they didn't isn't worth celebrating.

Because if it wasn't for them, there's no chance we would even be here.

I guess I'm a little baffled at the lack of respect I see around me.

Whether or not you agree, there's a level of civility and respect that should be shown by everyone, at every time. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland encouraged members of the LDS Church to "defend your beliefs with COURTESY and with COMPASSION, but DEFEND them." You can say what you believe with courtesy and compassion while not backing down from what you think.

Be kind.

Be respectful.

To America.

To laws.

To religions.

To people who are thankful for new laws.

And those who are not.

And most of all, be respectful to every individual person you converse with. Whether on social media or in person.

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