At what age do we cross from total, non-sleep excitement over Christmas to...do I have to? Somewhere in those teen years, our childhood excitement starts to wane. Instead of getting up at four in the morning, we want to sleep in, rise for gifts and crawl back into bed. Mothers push through these seasons of less-than-total enthusiasm to continue to make Christmas memories. When these same children have children of their own...THEN the sparkle will come back into their eyes. So when I mentioned wanting my older ones to come with us to the Dallas Christmas parade...early on Saturday...well, let's use the Texas phrase, they had to be "hog-tied". The weather was going to be in the mid-50's...so no whining about it being to be too cold. (yes we are true Texans who think it is cold at 50 degrees)
As we approached the top of the grassy knoll...yes, the legendary one that went into the history books with the shooting of JFK...we could see the parade participants. Without our knowledge, we had come to the side where they were all being assembled to start the parade. I started to laugh, then giggle, while speaking in a higher voice as we approached them. Running to each line to get pictures of the characters, my older children made fun of me. Benjamin was being piggy-backed...the brace was slowing us down, so his sister took him right beside "Iron Man". We were so close to all these fictional characters....how fun!!
Here is my "hog-tied" bunch!!
I will know if they ever read my blog....they will hate this picture. Benjamin loves it, he is with his siblings.