Happy Thanksgiving! Guess where we went this morning? To the "McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade" in downtown Chicago! I've been wanting to do that for years, but with young children the thought was always a little overwhelming. This year with the warm weather and bigger kids we were ready to go. I was up by 6:30am, made pumpkin donuts (a Thanksgiving tradition in our family) and we were out the door by 7:30.
It was fun! I've watched the parade on TV for years and while it's not Macy's Parade in New York, it's pretty darn close. We parked ourselves on the curb across from the Harold Washington Library. From there we could watch the big balloons ducking under the 'L tracks. The balloons were my favorite part - seeing them up close was pretty cool. My husband's favorite has always been Kermit, but my youngest daughter and I agree that Elmo & Dorothy got our votes.
The kids seemed to enjoy themselves. All three girls pretty much sat enthralled almost the whole two-plus hours. Thankfully it wasn't too cold. Everybody's feet were nearly numb, but that was the extent of our chill. Can't say as much for some of the cheerleaders and dancers in the parade. They come from Florida and Texas to Chicago in November! What are they thinking?!
There were a lot of horses in the parade this year. It was sort of this theme they had. Dominick's sponsored all the horse groups (why? what do horses have to do with groceries?), so every time you saw a Dominick's banner you knew to watch for horses. And horse droppings. Thankfully each group had a clean-up crew (ew!).
Anyway, besides all the incredible things in my life (like my husband and daughters, my family, my church family, a nice home, a good school, etc.) I'm thankful for pumpkin donuts and parades and afternoon naps. We are so blessed! I hope that's how you're feeling today too.