Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Americans Abroad

We started out the 4th of July by calling the grandparents on the computer. The kids had LOTS to say.  Then, we taught them how to put their hand on their heart during the national anthem. Asia is doing it, Leif is too...Skye had both hands on her stomach, she was really trying hard... Slater was not in the mood for a picture.
And, it's almost sacreligious not to bbq on the 4th. So of course, we did.

We, along with our language helper, also watched videos of everything from Lee Greenwood to a History Channel special about the 4th. We listened to our national anthem, God Bless America, My Country Tis of Thee, and of course, Yankee Doodle.
That way we could talk about it, and compare and contrast Philippine Independence Day and their history with ours. (in Visayan of course)

I don't get homesick a lot. But it's kinda funny how good ol' Lee Greenwood singing "God Bless the USA" makes me miss home more than usual : ) I don't even listen to country music... 
Burgers, hotdogs, potato salad and watermelon. And, kalamansi juice. It's a great lemonade substitute.

And, cherry crisp. It's as American as apple pie. Almost. 
Then, this evening we let off three flying lanterns. Colors? Red, white and blue of course! 
The kids LOVED the lanterns. They actually flew really well, and it's the first time we'd ever done it. But probably not the last. Might make a good family tradition... 
The last lantern, Blue, gets ready to fly. 
Wherever we take the kids, a crowd tends to gather. When you're launching miniature hot air balloons, the crowd is even bigger than usual. 
All done! We walked back home, and called it a day. Happy Fourth of July everybody. And to everyone serving our country, and to all those who have served, Thank You!

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