We have been SUPER busy the last few days getting ready for the Mississauga Streetsville Santa Claus Parade!! Ryan's new company (not sure if I mentioned it but Ryan started up his own insurance brokerage... couldn't be prouder! Message me for details if you need help with you insurance if you're local!) decided to create a float and walk in the parade!! Oh boy was it work!!! We decided on a gingerbread man theme! So one Saturday a few weeks ago Ryan's entire office came to our house and we made a Gingerbread House float!! Couldn't be happier with the result! It wasn't huge but it was perfect!! We painted it a nice reddish brown and decorated it up with dollarstore decorations! I don't have a photo of just the house but here is the float with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew!
The next task was costumes!! As you saw in the photo above they turned out amazing!!! My sister-in-law made hers and my brothers! They were completely AWESOME!!!! I had the task of making 4 pairs of brown fleece pants, 2 adult sweaters and Norah's little sweater as well as 4 hats. SO I got my sew on and hammered them out in a week! Then I had to decorate everything with large white rick rack! In the end I couldn't be happier with the result!!!! Ryan got to dress up as the 'Baker' for the parade!
Norah had an absolute blast!!! She waved and smiled the entire parade and was SO happy to be sitting in her wagon most of the way.
My nephew was 'Frosty the Snowman'.... Ohhh I just wanted to squeeze him the whole time!! He actually fell asleep for part of the parade... hilaroius!!!
Overall the parade was so much fun and we learned a lot!!! First off... 6,000 candy canes is NOT enough... oops! Second off, it gets VERY hot no matter how cold it is outside when you are running around giving out candy canes dressed in fleece and too many layers!!
And to just finish off because I know everyone LOVES a good screaming child pose.... As much as Norah LOVED her gingerbread costume this time (remember the incident with the peacock costume here) she did NOT enjoy sitting on Santa's lap at my work Christmas Party the day before the parade....
Poor child.... Just for reference she isn't normally a screaming child... I just love those photos so much I have to share them!!! They make me laugh!