Another year has past. Today, I celebrate my 2-year Anniversary becoming a citizen of the United States of America. Last November, I had my first chance to vote. And it was quite an experience. Since I’ve never looked back, after I immigrated, I’m very proud of my decision.
Happy Presidents Day!
I remember, one of the questions in my citizenship test was: When is Presidents Day?
And the answer is: Presidents Day is the third Monday in February.
It was the question I had to read and answer verbally to the officer, in November 2016. 🙂
Before I can start a new chapter, I have to review the old one for a moment. Wow, what a year!!! I think, I’ve never done so much in one year before, than what I’ve accomplished in 2017.
- In January, I’ve got my US citizenship. Nine months after applying for it, I took the oath on the 12th. What an exciting moment in my life.
- In February, a couple of ladies and I started a new community garden. Now, we can grow food for people in need. And we can enjoy it, because it is drama free.
- In March, my maternal grandmother passed away. Unfortunately, it would have happened sooner or later. It’s a part of life, and it has to go on. ~ We also had a hail storm. I’ve never seen hail this big. Our cars got a few dents from that storm.
- In April, Kevin had to go on a business trip in Long Beach, CA. He used the opportunity to go to Downtown Disney in Anaheim for an evening. ~ My friend Janet visited with her husband and son from Germany. We had such a fun day at the Fort Worth Zoo.
- In May, Sara had her dance recital. She got a trophy for that. ~ Kevin and I saw U2 live in concert. They performed in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was on my bucket list for the last 14 years.
- In June, Kevin and I went to the musical “Rock of Ages” at the Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. The guy, who played “Stacee Jaxx” flipped a thong at me. I’m still laughing. That was hilarious. ~ We also went on a trip to New York. I saw my long-time school friend Katja in Ohio after 30 years, again; we visited Kevin’s highschool friends in Niagara Falls, he hasn’t seen for 24 years; we went to Canada, New York City, and saw the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
- In July, Finley passed away. I still feel sad of his passing. But I also believe, he’s in a good spot, hanging out with our dog Ranger. They both earned their wings for sure.
- In August, Sara went back to RCJ Machado to practise Jiu Jitsu. Since Katelynn is very busy with her school band, we needed an activity for Sara. She started Jiu Jitsu in 2015, took a two year break, and then went back again.
- In September, we got our floors done in our house. Those old nasty carpets and laminated floors went out. And a brand new tiled floor came in.
- In October, Kevin and I saw the Bret Michaels Band live in concert at Lava Cantina in The Colony. Bret is sooo sexy. I’m still drooling. 😀 😉
- In November, Kevin and I went to see Jeff Dunham’s show in Wichita Falls. He is a great comedian. Walter, Peanut, Achmed & friends are just awesome.
- In December, we went to California. Santa brought tickets to go to Disneyland. We had a beautiful time with family; went to the beach in San Diego; checked out Hoover Dam; visited the Grand Canyon, again; and therefore avoided some of the cold weather in Texas. We just came back home, two days ago.
Yep, it was a busy and amazing year. I’ve knocked out three items on my bucket list in the first half of 2017.
After posting 400 blogs, I can close this book and start a new one. May 2018 be as awesome as the previous year. Kevin and I plan to see P!nk live in concert in May. P!nk is on Kevin’s bucket list. He always wanted to see her, since he listened to her music and watched her first video. Let’s see, how that show will be.
I wish all my followers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Last year in Spring, I had two choices: I can apply for a new green card, or I take the big step and become a citizen of the United States of America. After living in the US for 12 years, I decided to start the citizenship process.
It is nine months later. Everything is done. I took the Oath at the Naturalization Ceremony, today. And now I can say: “I am proud to be an American!”
UPDATE: I wanted to write a little bit more about this subject. But since we had guests with us, who celebrated this event with me, I had to keep it a little bit shorter.
This is my little “keepsake”:
Every year on Veterans Day, we have a ceremony in our girls’ school. Kevin and I decided to go to Sara’s elementary school, for the celebration last November. The guest speakers were Constable Michael A. Truitt and former The Colony Judge James R. DePiazza. I remember Constable Michael A. Truitt said something very touching to the kids. “…When you see the flag or a flyover before a ballgame or watch the fireworks on 4th of July, it gives you butterflies in your tummy, that is Patriotism. It makes you feel good inside. …” I choked up with him. And I had watery eyes. Because I knew exactly what he was talking about. I couldn’t have decribed it any better. It really does make ya feel good inside. And it is good to know, that we live in a country where we have the freedom to choose, if we want to respect the flag, the anthem, and so many more customs of the United States.It was nice to hear something so beautiful and touching, while I was in the process getting my citizen ship.
I’m proud to be a part of this great country!