"if your watching a parade, be sure and stay in one spot. if you follow it, it will never change."

last weekend was the annual holiday parade in downtown dallas!
i was excited (of course i was!) so we headed out early to get decent spots.
(by early i mean 20 minutes and by decent spots i mean behind a huge crowd of vertically challenged moms)

the first things down commerce street were these christmas lights.
i was amused and imagined what the parade was like from their perspective.
 suddenly i glanced down the way and saw jay jay the jet plane
(is that his name?)
flying my way!
all the kiddos got excited.
 he was clearly excited to be there.
 and so were we!
andrew was rocking his hipster goggles and i was coat-less, shivering and kicking myself for thinking it wouldn't be that cold.
 i personally thought old macdonald was a little bit creepy.
 then came llamas!
i love llamas.  they are the funniest animal.
and though they do somewhat remind me of horses, i have no beef with a llama.
 i have no idea who this is.
 but she was trying to escape.
that little intersection (where we were standing) made a perfect tunnel for the wind, and it was a blustery day.
 look- a wild thing!
 and how could a parade ever make any sense at all without
star wars??
 lord vader waved to all his fans (clearly all members of the galactic empire).
 this fire engine came all the way from abilene!
 i liked seeing the guys from far away.  doesn't it look like a godzilla-sized bob the builder is rolling down commerce?
 bob was well behaved.
 this is a bat.
 i liked that this float was being towed by a small package.
and that a man was driving the package.
 and i liked these dancing snowmen snowpeople.
 so then these ornaments showed up.
a guy in the middle held it in place,
while the people around the outside ran in a circle as fast as they could to make the ornaments spin.
unfortunately, no one told these people that the ornaments are round,
and it didn't even look like they were moving.
but these people definitely got a workout!
 then rolled in elmo.
he was huge, and the wind was getting windy.
 he attacked his rope holders,
but hung on to the fishbowl.
 look at that tiny little pony!
 sick, horses.
 i think this is jordin sparks.
i didn't know who that was still don't know who that is.
but apparently she is a little baby when it comes to cold weather.
so these people roll up holding a banner that says "please welcome jordin sparks!"
children applaud and scream wildly.
then a huge float rolls by...
with nobody on it.

then, like three minutes later, a mercedes shows up with a girl half sticking out of the sun roof.
someone next to me shouted a joke about keeping her heels off the leather.
i laughed.
 that yellow one is called "mellow yellow"
and i like that.
 these people had bubbles.
 toby hates parades.
they involve too many children and loud noises.
plus it was cold.
("ugh..." sighed toby)
 there's a nutcracker:
 toby definitely perked up when he saw clifford (the big red dog).
 then a whole bunch of dogs came by!
toby got a little jealous...
 family parade photo!
 look!  it's "give a mouse a cookie!"
(if you give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk to go with it...)
 just a box.
 then santa!
 the parade was great and totally got me in the holiday spirit!
afterwards we were trampled by a mob of strollers, moms, and 5-7 year olds racing for the neimans play tunnels.  we barely escaped with our lives.

but once we did, we went for a drink at pho colonial.
 how much do you love december?!

love y'all!

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