Friday, November 29, 2013

Here Comes the Parade!

We over here at Our Catholic Family Life hope you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving!

Our morning was spent up in the city, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from the BBC building.  Michael's sister Jennifer invited us all into her office for a bird's eye view of the parade and those giant, floating balloons that it's known for.  :)

Liam was captivated.  Our vantage point was perfect.  When Snoopy floated by, we were right at his big, googly eye-level.

Jen had an array of fresh fruits and donuts for us to feast on, and the kids enjoyed the big, square space we had claimed that was the size of an extra large living room, complete with a fuzzy carpet, cozy chairs, and a coffee table full of magazines.

For a time, we hung out in their bright neon green kitchen, enjoying treats from the coffee bar.  And we watched a bit of the parade coverage on the giant television screen, which spanned across a huge room in a whimsical S-shape. 

I had the hardest time deciding which cool-looking space-age meeting room I should pick in which to nurse Liam, and--once that was decided--he didn't seem to mind that I switched chairs 10 times before finally settling on one.  As you can see, he enjoyed trying out the seats, too.

So you might be thinking, "But what about the turkey?  How is Michael's mother managing to host Thanksgiving while spending her morning parade-watching in New York City?"

Well, until they create a phone app for the remote-starting of ovens, she relied on her dear, trusted neighbor lady who put the bird in for us, just around the time that these memories were being made:

Of course, there was plenty of scenes in the parade to get us excited for that turkey.  Our appetites were steadily building!  :)

When the parade finally ended, our boy just did NOT want the celebration to end.  He kept looking, hoping there would be an encore after the grand finale.

But encore we did, with family and friends that evening around the dinner table.  We have so much to be thankful for.  And this little boy is at the top of our list!