On Saturday morning, we decided it would be fun to bundle up the kids and take them downtown for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. It's sad for me to admit that this was Jackson's first parade he's ever seen. Well, if you don't consider the parades he saw in Disney World when he was only one years old - but somehow I don't think that really counts. He was SO excited when we told him we were going to a parade, which I found hysterical when I'm sure he didn't even really know what a parade was! It was a balmy 42 degrees outside, so we got the boys in some warm clothes and headed downtown.
The first thing Jackson noticed once we found a place to sit down were all the people carrying around green flags. He immediately started pleading for one. Now usually I'm pretty cheap when it comes to things like that, but the look on his face was just too hard to say no to. So we found a nice guy selling all sorts of St. Patty's gear and Jackson got his very own $2.00 flag. He loved it. Thought it was the coolest thing ever.
He had such a blast waving his flag all around. Keeping him from hitting all the people around
us proved to be quite the challenge though. I sure felt bad for the nice family who was sitting next to us, especially the soft spoken teenage boy who kept getting whacked in the face. He must have younger siblings for being as tolerant as he was!
Charlie hung out in his stroller and enjoyed looking at all the chaos surrounding us. Each time the wind blew, he made the silliest face followed by a beaming smile. I may be biased, but Eric and I sure do make cute little boys...
Once the parade got started, Jackson was completely awestruck. He loved seeing the marching band and cheering and clapping with the crowds. It was a really fantastic day and I truly enjoyed that quality time with all three of my boys.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone!