Although we're far away from our *first* home, we decided to spend a special 4th of July in Hamburg. Eowyn and I talked about our country's "birthday" and looked at pictures of the American flag, Then we grabbed the crayons to make a red-striped birthday cake with stars counted all the way to 50!
Dressed with red-white-and-blue flair (and snacks in tow!)
we rode the train into the heart of the city.
We played--watching buses, chasing pigeons, smiling and waving at people (some of whom stopped to take their own pictures of my cuties)--in the large courtyard in front of Hamburg's beautiful Rathaus, or City Hall. And I sprawled on the ground with my camera to get just the right angle on the awesome photo opportunities!
Eventually, Penny was grounded to the stroller after chasing the pigeons with too much wild abandon. But Eowyn suddenly decided to pose for me. In case you can't tell, I'm quite proud of my little German-American girls!
Today we skipped the German Kaffee & Eis Cafes and the Italian gilato stands . . . opting instead for "American" Starbucks coffee and McDonald's ice cream from the "dollar" menu! Ha! Daddy met up with us just in time to help the girls share their crackers with the swans and the geese . . . his strong arms preventing them from enthusiastically chasing the birds right into the canal!