Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Parade

Today was the annual Children's Christmas Parade downtown. It's always on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It marks the start of the holiday season. My sister and I have been taking her kids for the past couple of years. They love going and secretly, so do I. Parades can bring out the kid in anyone. This is a pic of the gang before the parade started. It was naptime for Teagan so he stayed home with Daddy. Yes, my sister is holding a green, plastic frog. That happens sometimes when you're a mom. The parade had a little bit of everything....police cars, fire trucks, clowns, marching bands, cheerleaders, floats, uni-cyclists, police motorcycles, horses, dogs, ROTC units and a bunch of other stuff. The most exciting moment came when a guy in a gorilla suit rode up on a motorcycle, stopped in front of us, got off his bike and picked up Travis over his shoulder. This was probably not the right kid to choose to do this trick with. Travis is a shy, sensitive kid and we could tell by the look on his face that he was terrified. But he held it together and the gorilla put him down at the insistence of the clowns. Travis didn't think it was cool. And I was so shocked by the whole thing that I forgot to grab my camera!

Tatum was her normal enthusiastic self. She loved the marching bands the best. You could hear them coming by the sound of the drum corps echoing off the buildings. She would start doing this little marching dance as soon as she heard them. Very cute!

The parade always ends with the arrival of Santa Claus. My sister said to me "Just think next year we'll be bringing 5 kids down here for the parade." Oh from your lips to God's ears, Carla. I hope and pray the CCAA gives me my baby before next year's parade. I can't wait to bring Mia!

9 comments:

Catherine said...

I love a parade! Thanks for sharing all the fun with us! Looks like the weather cooperated which is always a huge bonus!

Santa Claus is coming to town! :o)

Mark & Michelle said...

Looks and sounds like the parade was a big hit!!

Here's hoping that next there WILL be 5 kids!!!

Kathy and Joel said...

Cute pics!! Thank for sharing them with us. I missed our parade this year, but I usually make it out and enjoy it.

Connie said...

What fun...lovin' those pics.

Poor Travis...I can relate. Getting picked up by a gorilla is never fun ;0) Actually, had one of the clowns come near me I would have done some chop chop on 'em. Clowns FREAK.ME.OUT!

Doris & Dan Clark said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Parades are so simple yet so much fun!

Keep smilin!

Elise said...

How fun!!! Great way to kick off the holiday season!!!

Lee-Anne said...

Hopin and prayin, that our bubs, will be in our arms... LONG before Christmas next year!!

Great parade! Hope your nephew wasn't too traumatised by the gorilla!

Donna said...

I'm sure Mia will have a blast at the parade next year!

Drea said...

Okay, its not fair that your christmas parade doesn't even look COLD! Sorry, we're freezing our butts off this year!