Thanksgiving Parade Fun

Our family tradition is to go to the Parade on Thanksgiving Day. We have our spot that isn’t too crowded. And this year the weather was perfect. We did some sidewalk viewing for the first hour or so, then took some time to run and play and watch the balloons from in the park. We even got our Christmas card photo taken. All in all a fabulous morning, and I love the photos we got. Long slide show, but I really do love them.

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And this one when I was trying to get a joint picture of the kids running toward the camera, but Caleb couldn’t get on board with running until Simon was done 🙂

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New Traditions: Thanksgiving

This year I wanted to try taking Simon to the parade. I thought he’d like it, but it could have been a disaster. The first time I went we got there several hours early to get a spot – that was NOT happening. The second time, we were working at Nick and had a warm conference room overlooking Broadway. So my plan to get to a spot in the park was iffy. It was quite fantastic actually.

IMG_6116This may be one of my favorite picture, but truly doesn’t reflect the experience. At first Simon had no idea what was going on. And it was cold – but not windy. He was not amused.

IMG_6117Then the parade started and Simon started to get a little interested.

IMG_6120There was the Thanksgiving Turkey.

IMG_6125And Snoopy.

IMG_6127There were marching bands.

IMG_6128And “a kitty cat AIRPLANE!”

IMG_6129Here it comes!

IMG_6121Richard Simmons!

IMG_6132And Simon is finally getting what the parade is all about.

IMG_6134A smile! And pointing at the balloons and floats.

IMG_6135Duck Dynasty was a big hit. I couldn’t get a clear picture without people in front of me waving.

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IMG_6141Simon got tired of sitting and watching. He was getting tired and cold. So we did some running in the park.

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IMG_6143Rob and Simon walked back to the street to see Spiderman. The only balloon casualty this year.

IMG_6144 They almost called off the balloons – that would be a strange parade – but instead just flew them low. Spiderman, however got his arm caught in a tree and here only 15 blocks into the parade it is deflated.

IMG_6145Then we decided it was time to call it a day.

IMG_6146Usually I cook and Val and Josh come over and sometimes our “homeless friends” who don’t have family nearby. But this year with the parade I didn’t want the added stress so I said no to hosting and cooking. Add in teaching on Sundays so no down time and the third trimester; I just didn’t want to deal with it.

We picked up Val at grand Central and ate at a restaurant. It was lovely. No prep or clean-up. It was the perfect stress free Thanksgiving. We found the downside though is no leftovers.

So while the tradition of attending the parade will continue next year there will likely be cooking.

Thanksgiving: 2008, 2009, 2011

Thankful

Thankful for a happy healthy baby.  Despite the exhaustion and hard work, Simon’s smiles and laughs are the absolute best.  He’s growing and changing so fast. It’s hard to believe it’s only been four months, it seems like forever.
Thankful for Rob who has been a stay-at-home dad, while I work many hours at school this semester. Happy that this schedule will soon be changing.  I can do anything for a short period of time. Grateful that Rob and Simon got the good together time during unemployment.  We are lucky we’ve been able to rely on savings to get through this and allow for family bonding.  Hoping that a job will come soon.
Thankful for family. We are blessed.

So much to be Thankful for

Every year at this time I like to take a few minutes and count my blessings.  And really we have so much to be thankful for.  Rob and I have had a great year and have grown closer together as we have traveled the world and enjoyed being married.  I am thankful that we were able to take a couple of really great vacations.  I am thankful that we have a comfortable place to live, and jobs that we like.  I am thankful for the new friends we have made through going to a church in our neighborhood.  It’s nice to feel connected to our neighbors.

I am looking forward to tomorrow when we celebrate here at our home with some family.  We will miss the folks in Indiana.  But will have a feast of our own to enjoy!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all the cooking goes well.

Pics to come.

Take some time to think about what you are thankful for.

Houston, we have landed

Over Thanksgiving Rob and I traveled to Houston for my good friend Shannon’s wedding. Her parents graciously hosted us for a Thanksgiving meal on Tbhursday, then Friday we headed to The Johnson Space Center, also known as NASA. I thought it was a great day, and because it was a holiday and the shuttle had landed a few hours earlier we got to see the real Mission Control (because no one was working there at the time) That’s us with a feed from the International Space Station above. Below, one of the rockets that actually did go to space. It’s huge, I can’t remember which one it is, but it had less computing power than the average cell phone. Kind of crazy to think we were going to the moon 40 years ago…Saturday morning we had a few hours to kill before the wedding, so we braved the mall. It wasn’t too bad and Rob got some new jeans and a coat. The wedding was in downtown Houston. I really love weddings. Shannon was gorgeous, as all bride’s are. I don’t have a lot of good pictures because we couldn’t take any in the church, and most of my reception pictures are blurry. The coolest part was the church choir, that walked in singing before the wedding party. I’ve never seen that before, so definite awe factor. The reception was a ton of fun, Rob and I danced the night away. Here are a few photos that came out.

(at cocktail hour) 

(before the garter toss) 

(Shannon and me) 

Sunday I caught the stomach bug that was making its way through the guest list, so Rob spent the day taking care of me and going to a movie while I slept and tried to do some school work. and then back to the grind.

This year so does not feel like Christmas. I am unprepared. At least the tree is up. I am skipping the rest of the planned advent posts, but maybe we’ll get a shot of the tree in.