Monday, July 6, 2009

Red, White, and Blue

My Mom is what they call a "firecracker baby"... which means that she was born on the 4th of July, or what every American knows as Independence Day. In the States, this has become a much beloved friends and familiy day with grilling and fireworks... and what better way to make her feel at home than to have a barbecue in Germany... American style.

A few years ago my husband traveled to the States on a business trip without me. He returned, quite excited about all his Wal-Mart finds including 2 meters of American flag fabric. I mused inwardly thinking, "what in the heck am I going to do with that?!?" A few snips and couple staples later, and we ended up with great red, white, and blue holiday decorations.

One of the essential "must-haves" for an American barbecue are big, fat, juicy burgers... and lots of them. Top them any way that you like, but stack 'em high and make them almost too big to hold, and you've arrived.

My parents got to meet all of our friends and enjoyed exchanging stories and impressions with many of our friends that have either traveled to or lived in the States. Kids ran back and forth, played games, jumped on our trampoline, until they just couldn't run or jump any longer.

So how could one top a barbeque in the backyard, with lots of laughter, second helpings, and weather that could have been custom made... fireworks. But I guess I'll have to wait until next year.


  1. Your mom is really beautiful. What a lovely post. I know you've had some beautiful weather in HH!!! ENJOY!!

  2. As always your pics are beautiful, the one of the flags in a typically Euro garden speaks volumes to me! Thanks for sharing.. Ali.

  3. Yes, last summer we missed not having fireworks when we were in Switzerland. Maybe you can save the fireworks from New Years Eve and make your own firework show. Beautiful children. Your right though you have to have Burgers piled high on the 4th. No substitutions for me. It is just not the 4th without burgers.

  4. We also always have to celebrate in traditional american style. I usually make red, white, and blue cupcakes and this year we even found a huge fireworks show at the Ludwigsburg palace, taking place exactly on the 4th. It was very cool.

  5. Wonderful photography--I am new here from Kay Loves Vintage--is that sweet baby yours? And the toddler with the golden curls? What a great 4th celebration!

  6. The sweet baby is my niece, who is the "mini-me" version of her daddy and the precious toddler with the golden curls is our "patenkind" (godchild)

  7. Firecracker baby is a very nice expression! I love the last photo!


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