Blessed Beyond Measure

When it’s Thanksgiving and I have a weekend like this I remember that I really do have so much to be thankful for.

This weekend I was privileged to experience the following 3 sentiments simultaneously:

1. Christmastime in the city.

2. Home for the holidays.

3. Making our house a home.

This was made possible by family coming to visit me for a festive change.

My holiday began on Wednesday and was full of errands, including picking up my cousin Emily from the bus stop.

Thursday my family (excluding the eldest brother and wife) arrived at 4:15 am.  We left at 5:30 to make our way to the Macy’s Parade.

Since I’ve never watched it on TV and I do like parades, it was (as a whole) a very fun experience.  I would recommend it at least once for everyone. (I think).  However, the cold weather and tired, standing feet do put a damper on the event.  But I think what I like about it all is the 1. artistry that goes into the floats 2. the sense of community.  There is something endearing about an event that pulls together 3 million people for a morning of smiles, applauds, and confetti.

That said, here are my pictures from the very fun event:

Sunrise over Central Park as we wait for the parade to start.

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These are my sisters. I like having them here.

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Some of us are distracted by the starting parade.Image

The parade brave souls (excluding the camera person- mom).  Notice.  My father is not among the parade brave people.  He stayed home and slept and prepared our catered lunch (sure is nice to have a bakery in the family at times).

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After waiting hours we see the start of the parade in the distance.  And experiencing life through electronic screens begins.

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Tom the turkey.

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Snoopy and Woodstock.

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Classic. iphone interference.  That lady waving at everyone in the parade.

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Famous person.

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Sesame Street! And Jimmy Fallon!!

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Because of the wind the balloons had to be floated low to the ground.

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Goldfish crackers and Fifth Harmony.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Too wimpy to even stand up in the wind.

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More famous people and cool floats. Image

Sea world.  They had pretty great jelly fish costumes.

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Duck Dynasty.  (Living in NYC I’ve missed out on much of the frenzy regarding this group of people that largely centers in the midwest.  However, I do know enough to know that someone is going to want to see this picture.)

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The confetti is collecting at our feet. Image

Cirque du Soleil! ❤ People doing live acrobatics in a parade is ALWAYS an awesome idea.

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Famous football stars.  The lady in front of me said she didn’t know the one guy was still alive. Yup. I didn’t even know who he is.

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This was the point where I realized that I’ve been standing in a very small space for 3 hours and wondered how much longer this would last.

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But I’m a big Gru fan.

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Oh. The clowns.  Did I mention?- There were SOOO many clowns. 600 actually.

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The end is in sight my friends.

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Santa even made a visit.

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The end. of the parade

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But then. There’s the getting home part.

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Friday

A new day. A new adventure.  Painting my living room, running errands, and a quick adventure in the city with Briana and Emily. We found a holiday market in Union Square.

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The expression on this man’s face beyond cracks me up.  I just wanted to document the finding of an adorable holiday market sir. Nothing personal.

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We went to Times Square.  Because we are crazy? Desperate? Bored? I’d like to think- brave. It only took us 30 minutes to walk 1 block.  We literally stood in an inching mob making it’s way down the sidewalk. Ridiculous.  And yet.  Hilarious.

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On our ride home I made this discovery that my sister and my cousin have the same profile.  I was highly amused.  Now THAT is a profile picture. (bahaha so punny).

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Just to document. The people who participated in my living room make over were: me (trimming), mom (trimming), dad (basically everything).  I know. It sounds cruel to trap him in the house for 2 days painting.  I would feel bad if I didn’t know that he loved it.

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But on Saturday evening we did make it out of the painting house for pizza and Christmas window looking.

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5th avenue has it’s share of artistic store-front designers.

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Yes. This is upside down on purpose.  Every window depicted a holiday at this store.  This window was for April Fool’s Day.

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Also. Aside from hanging out with my family, seeing all the Christmasness going on in the city, and redoing our livingroom- we also hosted people.  Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner.  Friday for cards and risk.  Saturday for risk and quelf.  They stayed late and talked loud and had the best of times.

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My bedroom.  Holding everything to keep the living room open to paint and host. That includes piling air mattresses on my bed and stuffing paint alongside boots and bags.  Somehow we had 8 people living in this 3 bedroom apartment this weekend.  Amazing.  But I washed all the dishes in our cupboards 3 times. Image

And now.  We are back to normal. Just the 3 people who usually live here.  In our beautiful ‘new’ living quarters.  We’ve got the Christmas decorations up and we are going to bed early because all this fun having makes us tired.  But the good kind of tired.  The kind that reminds you that you don’t have to think very hard to come up with something to be thankful for this season.

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And here’s a ‘before’ picture because I know you were dying to know.

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2 thoughts on “Blessed Beyond Measure

  1. 🙂 I think that first famous person the red dress and a black overcoat is Kelli Pickler! I think possibly. I have loved her ever since she was on “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” 🙂 *spoiler alert* she wasn’t
    Love the before picture. Do you have an after of the same angle? I love the gray!

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