Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th!

Happy Independence Day!
We are having a fun weekend with friends, neighbors, and family.  We kicked off the holiday Friday night with fireworks, hot dogs, homemade ice cream, and 4th of July cake thanks to my wonderful neighbors!!  I wondered what Molly's reaction would be to her first fireworks show...

She stayed close to mom or me, but otherwise enjoyed the show.  She never cried  from the noise at all!  Such a trooper!
She was up way past her bedtime, but of course who could sleep with the party going on in your own yard?  She loves parties, entertainment, company of any kind! 
We had quite a show...
this was fun..it is a kind of lantern that "floated" through the night sky when it was lit.  we were a little concerned it may land and cause a {small} fire, but we assume the flame went out and all is well!

tomorrow we are continuing the celebration with my grandmother who is 88 years old and quite the firecracker herself!

We have other reasons to celebrate this weekend too!  Yesterday Molly got her Certificate of Citizenship from the Department of Homeland Security!  Now I can apply for her social security card and birth certificate.  More paperwork...but I'm so happy to be at this point!  One thing I did to celebrate her US citizenship was to request a US flag be flown over the US capitol on May 13th (the day we came home from China and the official day Molly became a citizen)  and I also requested a Tennessee State flag to be flown over our state capital on May 13th.  We have received both of those flags, neatly folded, with an official certificate stating the flags had been flown in Molly's honor on May 13th.  Anybody can request a flag to be flown for any occasion on either the state or national level. You just have to contact your Governors office or your State Senator's office in DC.  You can do both of these requests online if you are interested...just google it!  So I have placed the flags in her special keepsake chest along with all of the mementos from China that I will gradually show her throughout her childhood.  I want her to know that while we honor and cherish her homeland of China, she is an American now and she joins a whole country of citizens who are lucky to have freedom!

Today is our second month anniversary!  It's hard to believe we have only been together for two months because I can't imagine my life without her any more!  She's doing so great and adjusting very well to our new normal. 

We are only 6 days away from her surgery and I'm not looking forward to it, but yet will be glad to have it over with.  I hope you and your family have a great holiday!

6 comments:

Danielle said...

I cannot believe you have been together TWO MONTHS!!! Crazy how time flies!

Glad you two are having so much fun and love the flag idea! That is such a GREAT idea!

Jill said...

It's been 2 months already! Time goes by so fast. Happy July 4th!

Ashley E. said...

I love her smocked dress! Will be praying for the surgery!

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Chrissy said...

Love your blog, Amy!

Lauren Kelly said...

So glad you had a great fourth and that is just awesome about her citizenship and the flags being waved in her honor!!!! :) So special and what a keepsake for her!!

3 Peanuts said...

I got Kate's dress at Uptown Baby on Esty:) COngrats on Molly's citizenship...we STILL don't have that for Kate!!! greta idea about the flags..... best wishes for an easy surgery.

Kim

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