American Ana Epic Party Mix


On Flag Day, Ana and Alex return from their final trip to Latvia.

This means: the adoption is complete.  Almost one year after meeting her for the first time, we’re all finalized and sharing the same last name.  It’s finally official.  And one more thing…

As she walks through U.S. Customs, she becomes an American.  We are so grateful to Latvia and the U.S. for granting us permission to live as a family and share citizenship.

Ana is incredibly proud of her Russian and Latvian roots.  They will always be a huge part of her that we celebrate.  And.  As she becomes an American and embraces her new country, she wants to party.  She asked me before they left last week, “Mama, can we have beeeg pahr-ty for me for American?”

Dude.  We are going to party like rock stars.  Like it’s 1999.  Like all night long, or at least until 8pm.

She doesn’t know it, but she’s coming home to all her American friends, an American backyard cookout, American cheese, American apple pies, all of us decked out in American flag-wear, and the best American playlist ever.  Here’s what I have so far:

American Ana Epic Party Mix:

1. America – Neil Diamond

2. American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

3. American Pie – Don McLean

4. American Woman – Lenny Kravitz

5. Kids in America – Kim Wilde

6. Living in America – James Brown

7. Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

8. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. – John Mellencamp

Help!  What am I missing?  What else needs to be on this party mix?!?!  

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  • Christin

    Awww congratulations my friend!!! We are getting ready to go and bring our girls home from Africa in just a few weeks, too!!! They will instantly become American citizens as well. It has been a long 18 months.

    • Melanie Dale

      I can imagine, Christin! The waiting, ugh the waiting. Oh, I’m so happy for you. We MUST grab a minute together at Allume in the fall. Would love to connect. Ack, I want to say so much to you about those first few weeks and months after adoption, but I don’t want to be annoying with unsolicited advice, so just…just know you can contact me anytime for a listening ear from someone who’s experienced the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful.

  • Tiffany Cespedes

    Brooks & Dunn – Only in America

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  • Tiffany Cespedes

    Steve Miller – Living in the USA

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  • Off The Cuff Cooking

    Surfin’ USA — Beach Boys is always good party songs for summertime!

    And to just round it out, throw in some All-American rock & roll for the party mix– Elvis, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence, Lynyrd Skynyrd, that sort of thing. :)

    • Melanie Dale

      Love. Great ideas.

  • Kaye

    How fun!
    Simon and Garfunkel – “America”

    • Melanie Dale

      Oooh, nice.

  • Annie DeRose Broeckert

    Surfin USA – Beach Boys (helped me win an airband contest) and Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen (she wasn’t, but it is a great song) and Proud to be an American – Lee Greenwood

    • Melanie Dale

      Excellent – thanks!

  • Happy

    You might want to add “The Star Spangled Banner” — and you can tell Ana that her Dad (on his mother’s side) is directly descended from the man who commanded Ft. McHenry during the bombardment that inspired the national anthem. That be George Armistead.

    • Melanie Dale

      Aww, I love our family historian. :) And I love that you can tell her yourself in a few weeks!





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