We have been to the Vidalia Christmas parade the past two years with Jonah. I did not want to miss it this year but I realized late Saturday night that a nap was more important than the parade. Jonah had been SO off of his schedule with company being here that I knew he needed some catch up sleep. So, we made the decision to go ONLY if he woke up. The parade started at 3 p.m. He woke up at 2:45 p.m. So, we rushed to get him out the door in time to make it there for the beginning. The only problem was that he was not in the mood to be rushed. Please notice the swollen eyes. He cried and cried because he wanted to wear his Pajamas. Um, if you know me at all then you are pretty sure that I did not allow him to leave the house in PJ's for a parade. Many tears were shed due to this.
We got to the parade with just a couple of minutes to spare. We have been at the last two parades with The Shields and Sue. Because we got there at the last minute, we didn't have a chance to call anyone. So, it was just us! Or, so we thought! They didn't want to miss a parade with Jonah so they looked for us and found us in front of J&J carpet. Our usual spot at Olde River Cleaners was already taken. Sue snapped this family shot of us.
You can look back at our two previous parades and family shots by clicking on the year below.
I was going to let Jonah ride on my shoulders but that kid is a CHUNK! He doesn't look like he is heavy but he is SOLID!!! I put him up there for a little while then brought him right back down. 35 pounds is a lot!
We saw lots of people we knew riding in the parade. Dan taught Jonah how to smile and wave at the cars and floats. He did the waving part with no problem but wasn't too fond of the smiling. He was still in grumpy sleep mode. (Note to self: No parade is worth rushing him out the door when he wants to be in bed!)
All of these serious looks are cracking me up. Those are not the typical Jonah looks we get every day. He didn't even smile at the pretty cheerleaders!
As you can see, he was picking up candy by the handfuls. He certainly racked up in the candy department.
He was most excited about seeing the tractors. He could not understand why MeMaw was not on one of the tractors. All green John Deere tractors are "MeMaw Tractors" in his mind.
When Jonah got home, I had to run to Wal-Mart. Dan called me to ask where the camera was. He said Jonah sat on his rug (we always make him sit on the rug in the kitchen when he eats a sucker as to avoid stickiness EVERYWHERE!) and dumped all of the candy out. He then began to sort the candy. He put all of the broken pieces in front of him. That was after he tried to put those pieces back together.
If you look, the pile on the right is what he deemed worthy of keeping. the pile on the left and scattered around is what was open or broken and headed to the trash. We were both very proud of him for his sorting ability. Apparently, sorting is a huge developmental milestone between ages 2 and 3. From the looks of his candy, we can check that milestone off as accomplished!