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Friday, July 4, 2008

First Parade!

Well, last night we made a rash decision to brave the parade this morning...and I am SO GLAD we did! This was Brady's first parade, and Natalie's first that she really would remember. Everyone told us to "get there early", but we had no idea how early to go! So we left at 7:45 and got some stinkin' awesome seats! We were sitting right in front of the house where some funny guy named Allen was announcing all the floats, and they had music too, which the kids enjoyed dancing to while we waited for the parade to start.

Prime real estate. (oh yeah, we were in the shade the WHOLE time! Cha ching!)
The kids were THRILLED upon THRILLED when they got some free flags! They waved those things like they were going out of style, and it was SO cute. Just constant waving...
...and waving... ...and waving! (and I have a MILLION more pictures of the waving!) Oh yeah, and Brady was being SO sweet! He just kept raising his flag in the air. I don't think he knew what it meant, but it was so touching. Kids just know to love the flag! I love the flag too! It is so beautiful! And this one too. It pulls at my heartstrings, and of course I cry. (I love you Grandpa!)There were not enough horses in my opinion! But the ones they had were gorgeous! My favorite part! Keith liked the Elvis's on the mini bikes. They were kinda crackin' me up. Brady and Natalie were waving at everyone. After a while he started getting tired, so he rested his elbow on his knee and waved like that. Oh my goodness, it was hard to capture, but it was SO funny. Just this lazy wave...So the kids were just thrilled with the whole thing. The only complaint I had was NO CANDY! What is up with that??? Anyone from town want to tell me why the floats weren't tossing candy? This was the first parade EVER I have been too where there wasn't candy and coupons and pencils and all other sorts of goodies. Yeah, you can tell I was a bit miffed! But, I am SO glad the kids had fun. I mean, they absolutely LOVED it! More than I was hoping for, and they were SO good, just sat and stared the WHOLE time! I love when they do that, just up and surprise you with being FABULOUS!

6 comments:

Julie said...

Happy 4th of July! Where did you guys end up sitting? I was wrong, we sit on Pecan St. just north of 4th St. not 3rd. We sit near one of the reviewing stands (where the parade announcers are).
Some years they toss candy, but it's the individual floats who do it, not any of the parade sponsors. There are more goody handouts at the Parade of Lights in December (at least there were last year).

Shannon said...

We were corner of center and 2nd I think. Kitty corner from the 7-11, which meant lots of pre parade hillbilly entertainment (including hefting grandma into the back of the ole pickup truck)! Yeah, punks should have had candy! What a rip off! lol

SarahK said...

Oh! Im so glad you got to go!!! I would love to get to a parade one of these days...they are so much fun!!

wishcake said...

Aw, what a wonderful day! And that close-up of Natalie is just gorgeous. What a beauty!

Kelli said...

It looks like ya'll had fun! I myself am not much of a parade person, is that un-American of me???? :)

Shellie said...

I don't know how Arlington is but in Greenville they aren't allowed to throw candy because kids started getting hurt either by the thrown candy or they would run out and pick it up and they were afraid they could get run over. They can pass it out by hand but who wants to do that. I wish we had gone. It sounds like fun! Maybe next year.