The New Citizens

Grandma Kc wrote this on July 16th, 2014 15 Replies

April 29th, 2014 our friends Fred and his Mom became United States citizens in a special ceremony in Oklahoma. They were very excited, as it had been a lot of hard work to pass the citizenship test. We couldn’t be there for the big day so I had promised them we would celebrate the next time they came to southern California. On June 22, 2014, we had that celebration!

Fred’s Grandma was here from Vietnam and it would be our first time meeting her. It was nice to have another Grandmother in the house! I really wanted to make this special for all of them and since they were coming less than 2 weeks before the 4th of July finding decorations was easy! I had the driveway lined with small flags and red white and blue decorations everywhere.

Jenna’s Mom had even found red, white and blue glitter and stars and I had them scattered all over the counter and the tables. Amara had an absolute blast gathering it up and throwing it in Fred’s Mom’s hair! Of course, Fred had to help, too. Then somewhere along the way, they found a ball of yarn and decided they needed to run around the house with yarn, trying to confine us to our chairs. Crazy kids!

I had decided we needed to have a very American meal to celebrate them being Americans! We could have had barbequed hamburgers but that just seemed too ordinary and I knew they had them at home. I decided on meatloaf, fried chicken, homemade potato salad and corn on the cob. I made red, white and blue fudge for dessert. I thought about making apple pie but I knew that Fred’s Dad would be disappointed if he didn’t get brownies so I made those instead!

Citizenship Collage with Fred, his Mom and Grandma and Amara

When dinner was over the kids were bored so playing in the water seemed like a good solution. They had a blast and Fred’s Mom had almost as much fun chasing them as they had chasing her. Since the sun was starting to set, it got cool quickly and they were back in the house for a game of Ponopoly!

Amara and Fred playing My Little Pony Monopoly

It was a great day and we really want to congratulate our friends!

15 thoughts on “The New Citizens

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It really was a great day and I am so glad we could do it before Amara had her teeth pulled!

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  1. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    Congratulations to our new citizens and what a wonderful get-together! The decor and delicious food look and sound wonderful and it’s nice that Amara and Fred still get along so well and as usual, have lots of fun at your place! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      All I can say Debra is that at some point Fred did something to annoy Amara and she threw her hands in the air and said “And this is why I hate playing with boys!” And then they went back to playing!

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  2. Launna

    Congratulations to your friends on their citizenship… that is wonderful… it sounds like you had so much fun cooking and baking …yummy :-)

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  3. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    What a great celebration — congratulations to your friends! It’s wonderful that Amara could be a part of the celebration, and perhaps learn something of what it means to be an American. Plus the meal sounds awesome — very American and Southern…. even though you are in CA!!!
    Monopoly with ponies?? Must tell Noli!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh Sarah you must tell Noli! It isn’t really called Ponopoly but that is what we call it. It is just the My Little Pony version of Monopoly and it is really nice, very high quality and well done! The game board is just similar enough but very MLP! And of course the game pieces are all ponies! She will love it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      They really were pleased! I think that since it was 2 months after it actually happened it made it even better — got them all excited all over again! We really are thrilled for them!

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  4. Joyce

    What a warm American welcome you gave those lovely people! If they ever had any doubts that this was the country for them it was swept away with your fried chicken and brownies and more!
    Amara has a friend from whom she will learn far more about the Vietnamese culture than any textbook can relate!

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  5. Sandy Siegel

    What a great celebration of becoming American citizens. I don’t think we can really understand what that must mean to them. So happy for them!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Fred’s Mom really seemed so touched that we threw a party in her honor and I think she was happy that her Mom could be here to share it. I’m glad they keep a home here so that we get to see them at least once a year. It is so fun to see how much Amara and Fred grow!

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