Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Soundsational Parade

Step 1:  Find the perfect spot.

Step 2:  Sit down.  If you are small enough, the stroller is way more comfortable than the asphalt!

Step 3:  Snack on something.  A Handi-snack would be good because it takes up extra time since you have to spread the cheese with that little red stick.  Makes the wait shorter.  You heard it here.

Step 4:  Let the kid take a picture of you to show that you were also at the parade.

Step 5:  Watch closely because HERE IT COMES!!

A row of drummers starts the parade (no picture--dang it!) and right off, my throat gets tight.  
Then, Minnie and Mickey dance by.  
Full on tears.  You know, those laughy-cry-ey tears.

Step 6:  CHEER!

Prince Ali Ababwa!

The tears are coming in earnest now.  I am so thankful to be here.  

The Princesses.

The prayer went something like Thank you for the man with the vision to create this beautiful place.  Thank you for providing us with the miraculous means to come and see it all.  Thank you for these treasured children.  Thank you for allowing me to be their mother.  Thank you for teaching us patience so this would be a sweeter experience than it ever could have been otherwise.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Heavenly Father.

More crying, laughing, cheering.

We were only scheduled to watch the parade on the first day.  Because it is off season they only have the one parade.  

We watched it three times.  We couldn't help it!  It was so happy and beautiful and fun.  
And I've always been a sucker for a parade.


  1. ABSOLUTELY YES......Gratitude to God and Disneyland can definitely go together!!

  2. I'm totally crying with you! To see where your family started at the beginning of coming to Pocatello...to now. Sheesh!! Beautiful reminder to me to persist, and to be present and passionate in the moment. Many people would have drawn away during such a challenging time (7yrs?). Drawn away from their children, their husband, and from themselves, not you my dear! You have drawn closer to God and brought us all along with you. I will forever be grateful for your beautiful perspective and for the beautiful YOU.
    Much love, Hillary

  3. I second what Hillary said. Our family still has years to go and while some of our challenges are different than yours, it has been such a great blessing to me to read your posts and learn from you. Thank you for sharing so much of your experiences! And I just have to say that I am totally in awe that you have found time to update your blog while traveling with your family- you are amazing!