Everyone did thoroughly enjoy the parade this year. SweeTart was taken back a little when it started and there were people walking down the middle of Main Street and we were telling her that she needed to stay on the sidewalks. Once the bands came through, she was loving it!! She was dancing to each of the different bands - they must have had 7 or 8, including bag pipes! It is a big deal for such a small town!!
The firetrucks generally signal the end of the parade. Instinctively, SweeTart must have known this because she took off down the street again - toward the Puggles. Her brother and sister were following her again so I wasn't worried. I finally went after them as I saw her little dress down by our church, about two blocks away. On my way, I bumped into one of my friends whose bridal shower I missed on Friday night - with SweeTart being sick and having a zillion tests done on Friday, I just wasn't in the mood. Anyhoo, I kissed and hugged her and told her how sorry I was to miss Friday ...blah blah .... hey, did you see my kids running down the street, I finally asked her. At first she said no then she said "was she wearing the striped dress, blond curly hair in pony tails and a big chubbs???" Yep - that's her - she was laying at the corner in front of our church because she didn't want to come back with the kids. Lovely. I took off after her, got her a water bottle from church and continued to quickly walk back down the sidewalk towards the Hubs - then - I stepped on a cracked, uneven piece of pavement ... my ankle twisted ... and blammo ... my opposite knee hits the pavement with the full force of
Needless to say, I needed to come home, change my shoes and pants, before heading to my sister's house for their parade and my niece's birthday party. Did I mention that it was as hot as hades already? It was well over 90 when we got to her house at 1:00 - and the parade was no where in sight. It is a great thing that I didn't have my watch on because I have no idea how long it took for the parade to reach her house this year, but it really did seem to take longer than ever. We wound up leaving at 4:00 - the kids had some water fun, saw the parade, hung out with their cousins for a bit - and relaxed with Brother Bear on the way home. We didn't wind up staying for cake but *happy birthday sweetie!!* *your crazy aunt loves you and was soooo happy to get hugs and kisses from you today* (even if they were only because I told you I got you DORA presents.)