Saturday, July 11, 2009

Celebrating America

I've always loved the 4th of July. As a child, I'd dress in red, white and blue and head down to the lake with my family to watch the boat parade and fireworks show. We'd light Chinese Lanterns, bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers in the front yard. My favorite were those little black lumps that mysteriously grew into snakes and left charred marks on the asphalt. We swam in the pool, ate corn on the cob and of course, had homemade apple pie.

I want my kids to have those memories. So, we came home for the 4th of July. Bright and early on the 4th, we joined in the community bike parade. Thankfully my dear friend decorated bikes for my kids so they were able to join the sea of red, white, and blue streaming down the street. It was a sight to see. It was also a great place to find familiar faces, share welcoming hugs and get a good dose of American Pride.

Later we met more friends for an amazing BBQ featuring a tour through the American south. You have not lived until you've eaten pulled pork smothered with coleslaw. Yumm!

Then, off to a pool party, a fireworks show and finally, sparklers in the front yard. Just the way the 4th of July should be. It doesn't matter if I live on the other side of the world. I love America!

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Kathy said...

I'm so glad you came home in time to celebrate the 4th... I especially love knowing that I can call you without checking the clock first. Do you have to leave so soon???

MIchelle said...

Looks like you had a wonderful homecoming!

lilDdownunder said...

Looks like a great day! Is that the 4th of July Parade that goes through Huntington Beach?

Jenny said...

Kathy- it was a great day. Thanks for your help with everything! I have to figure out why H is getting cut off in all my photos.

Michelle- It's nice to be home!

Lil- No, this is a different parade in Westlake Village. But I'm sure lots of towns have something similar. It's a highlight of the 4th for us!

Cathi said...

Hi Jenny,
I love your blog!!
Thanks for stopping by mine and I hope you were able to see the circus while you were here on holiday. Our family is going tonight.
My husband has many friends in Australia and our youngest son is going for his second visit this fall. He loves Cairns and would stay if he got the chance. He'll be spending his holiday scuba diving and then visiting Brisbane.

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