Saturday, July 04, 2009

how do you celebrate the 4th of july in england??



Just like this...



You invite a couple of families, that you really enjoy spending time with, to the annual American Expat 4th of July party. It was actually a week early on June 28th. 

The men and boys play some ball...


The girls get their faces painted and do the Macarena...


You grab some good food and talk for awhile...

The night before that fun-filled day, you decide to bake a cake, in last-minute fashion, to enter the bake-off competition,

and win a 3rd place ribbon plus some Pampered Chef goodies...

You take "friend" pictures of...

Austin and Matthew

Amy and Braaten

Megan and Melanie (they dressed like twins and didn't even plan it)

Phil and Jane

Steve and Leah

More face paint...

The kids keep the balloon guy very busy. I mean very, very busy...

You join the sack races (Amy took 1st!)...

My hubby tries to take first...

but Phil, who really won, had a guy cheat and dive face-first to tie with him...


You fall down a couple of times in those crazy sacks...

The third guy from the right was the "cheater"...


Amy had some serious air time...

Then you join the egg toss... nice catch, Aus...

Oh what concentration...

Shawn and Austin get 2nd in the egg toss...





Then Steve and Austin try their hands at it and take 1st...


Grant gets his 15th balloon animal and is a happy camper. And finally...

You capture one more group shot to end the day. 

It was all an amazing blessing especially since last year on this day I cried. I did that because it was our 1st official holiday away from home and it was hard. 

God has blessed us and has given us more than we deserve. Don't get me wrong... we love and miss you all back home. 

12 comments:

Andrea said...

Looks like you had a great time. GOD BLESS!
Andrea

He & Me + 3 said...

I love all those picture. What a fun time. love the D hat...go tigers.

McCrakensx4 said...

Just caught up with you! Loved 'Rome-ing' with you...what a beautiful city! And what fun to celebrate the 4th on the other side of the pond! Looks like lots of fun!

momstheword said...

Looks like you all had an awesome time! I'm so glad this year was so much better for you.

The Lehman's said...

WOW that looked like so much fun. Congrats on your prize. julie :)

E @ Scottsville said...

It looks like you had a WONDERFUL TIME and were surrounded by good friends and family.

Loved the day in pictures. It was as if I was right there watching!

Great job, Carol! I'm glad you were happy this year.

Joyce said...

Looks like a great time...cake recipe please : ) I love anything with coconut on top.

Heart2Heart said...

Ah love it simply brilliant!

I only wish we celebrated back here like you did there. Love the sack races, didn't know they still do that and egg tossing!

Congratulations to all the well deserved winners! Love your cake too!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Rachel said...

Y'all were much more Americanly Festive out of the country than we were in the country1

Under the Florida Sun said...

What a great post! And it looks like you all had so much fun. The cake looks beautiful and I bet it was delicious!!
Loved looking at all your pictures!

chili pepper said...

I have been swamped and unable to make my usual rounds. I hope to catch up with you early next week after our camping adventure.

I am passing the Happy Scrap Award on to you. Please stop by my blog for details.

Have a great night!

Kathleen

Gotta Have Faith said...

Wow, from the pictures it looks as id you had a great time even though you are all away from good ol' US of A. The most important thing though is that you get to spend quality time with your family and friends. So in that manner it does not matter where you are as long as you are together. From the phots you all look like a very close family and may God Bless you and keep you all. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.