Christmas Parade Fun

Christmas Parade Fun

Tyler suggested that we take Remi to the Christmas parade.  In all honesty- I wasn’t thrilled. It was COLD (like mid-30s) and the parade didn’t start until 7 (when Remi goes to bed around 7:30).  But I decided to say yes, and we bundled up and went.

And I’m SO GLAD WE DID. We had a great time.

In typical fashion, our little hometown jumped into small town fun and it was exceptional.

Before the parade, we got our spots and then walked around the block looking at Christmas lights. Businesses and homes were decorated and Remi loved looking at everything.

I love making new traditions and memories with our family!

Before the parade started, these two walked up and down the closed street. Everyone was waving at Remi and she loved it!

Blurry parade pictures! But I loved how festive everyone was! The band was decked out.

We bought her the third light stick in a month (one at the Showboat, one at Sesame Street and this one).  Next year we will know to bring one!

LOTS of fun floats from businesses and groups. I loved this Santa big truck.

Uncle Eddie made an appearance!

Remi totally ate so much candy as it was being thrown at her. A kid’s dream! Lights, music, Santa and candy!

She loved waving and dancing to all the floats.

Every police and fire truck from towns around were there. Lights and sirens blaring. She loved them all!

Rhema Christmas Lights

Rhema Christmas Lights

After Sesame Street live, we threw bedtime to the wind and decided to stop at the Rhema Christmas lights before heading home.

Rhema is a church campus and also a Bible College campus, so it’s very big. And they do a lovely drive through light display, but the holiday magic is the walk-through areas because you are surrounded by acres of lights. They say it’s over two million lights. It’s so beautiful!

We went last year on a Saturday, and it was packed….so being there on a week night was SO NICE because it wasn’t busy. In fact, Remi actually did a lot of running around the displays, and it was open enough for her to run free.

It was cold (in the low 40s) but there was like no wind, so it was pretty comfortable, so we took our time exploring the entire area.

This *blurry* tunnel and the area around it are my favorite. This section is set to music and the lights change and go on and off with the music. LOVE.

Remi LOVED all the pretty lights. Sweet girl wanted to get close and kept trying to get off the sidewalk.

They sell treats and hot drinks, and a lady in the snack shack gave her a little cup of popcorn, and she looked so big walking around carrying her snack.

On our way out, I tried to capture the scene, but only could get like 1/8 of it in frame. It’s just magic.

I’m so thankful we got to stop and enjoy the display. I love this time of year, and seeing the magic in Remi’s eyes makes it even more special.

The Magic of Sesame Street Live

The Magic of Sesame Street Live

Way back in June, I bought us tickets to see Sesame Street Live. Remi was into Sesame Street (she still is, I mean, we had a Sesame Street 2nd birthday party), but after seeing them, I’m pretty sure it’s solidly her favorite thing again.

We bought tickets to the show (front row! I had a presale code and was apparently the first person to buy tickets and had the pick of the venue) and the preshow, which was worth EVERY PENNY.

At the preshow, we got to wait in line and go on stage and meet three characters (Cookie Monster, Abby and Elmo).  Initially, I panicked because they gave us colored stickers and they were like “Group Red, go on stage and meet people! Group blue, go do a scavenger hunt!” and we had blue stickers.  I was like “Um….we bought a meet and greet?” But they just split the group up for crowd control. Blue group got to go second. All was good.

Remi was SO EXCITED. She initially ran to Cookie Monster, then at the last second turned and ran back to me. But once she was safe with Momma, she wanted to hug him. (can you see her open mouth excited face?)

Look at that cheesy grin! They had cast members on stage who held our bags (because you don’t want a purse on in the photos!) and who took pics. They took Mimi’s phone and took like 60 pictures while we met the three characters, which was SO NICE so we could enjoy the moment and not have to stress trying to capture photos.

After Cookie, she met Abby, who she ADORES. She literally ran into Abby’s arms. She got to touch Abby’s magic wand, too.

She was SO PROUD standing next to Abby.

And of course, her Abby doll had to join our group photo. (Also can we talk about the amazing costumes? I couldn’t see the person inside AT ALL. Very magical. I have no idea how they saw outside the costume.  The eyes didn’t seem mesh or anything)

She gave Abby a parting high five. We weren’t rushed through the experience at all.

Next up was Elmo! She basically ran from Abby to Elmo.

She ran up the step and gave him a big hug! (I may have happy teared up watching how excited she was!)

Elmo just picked her up and loved on her. It was just the sweetest.

After the preshow, we went back into the lobby where they had a new character, Maya, interacting with all the kids. We also got a souvenir (a bubble wand-so many bubbles) and then it was showtime!

Remi had LOTS of room to dance during the show. It was really great. The show was quality- great dancers and a lead singer (the premise was a magician doing a show on Sesame Street and teaching Elmo how to do magic and finding magic everywhere). She was in awe everytime a new character came out (on top of the ones we already met, we saw Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Gonger, the Count and Mr. Noodle)


It was a FANTASTIC experience, and totally worth the long day (since it was a workday, we had a day then drove to Tulsa, saw the show and drove home).

25 Days of Christmas Outfits: Week 1

25 Days of Christmas Outfits: Week 1

Since Remi was able to wear almost everything from LAST Christmas, plus the outfits we’ve been collecting for her for this year, we had a lot of holiday clothing.

So I decided that once December 1 hit, we were going to wear Christmas clothes every day! So here’s our first week (one day exception was when we went to see Sesame Street- she wore Elmo that day!). Taking pictures of a toddler each morning isn’t always the easiest thing….

Pink and red Santa!

The sweetest plaid outfit that our friend Susie made her last year!

Santa! (This one is from last year. The pants were too small, but the shirt still fit!)

She’s LOVING Frosty, so she really enjoyed this snowman shirt.

A Tri Chi (my college sorority, colors were pink and green!) Christmas dress…with crocs, of course. Her shoe of choice.

There was a tiny chance of snow, so we broke out the snowflake outfit. I think this feels like Elsa with the blue velvet pants.

Have a Holly Jolly week, friends!