Showing posts with label parades. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parades. Show all posts

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Christmas Walk - and my Birthday

Weeeelll this post is only about two weeks late, so...let's just call it fashionable, mmmkay?

In keeping with family tradition, my family once again made the trek to Alexandria for the Annual Scottish Christmas Walk.  This is easily one of my favorite days of the year (and not just because it often falls on my birthday!).
I love getting everyone together and loading up with coffee, the stress of trying to find parking all together, and watching my man saunter around in his kilt.  What?  I like a nice kilt.

The parade was great this year - and one of the coolest things was that a bagpipe band stopped right in front of us and played Happy Birthday to their leader.  I like to think they were playing it for me too!

We usually have a group of about 14 or so - so the idea of finding somewhere to eat in the city is a little outlandish.  This year we drove across the river to National Harbor, and it was wonderful! We ate a pub/restaurant, and then we walked around the Harbor.
 How adorable is that little tugboat?  I loved her.

The harbor has a big tree that the kids were loving, and there was also this large silver man buried in the sand.  Jack was totally freaked out...
And God?  He did not disappoint with the sunset.
And with that?  We were ready to pile into our cars and head home.

Right as we were about to do just that, my mom pulled out a box of cupcakes, and a candle, and my sweet precious family sang Happy Birthday to me right there in the parking garage.
It was weird, and kind of embarrassing, and I loved every second of it.  And now?  I am 28 - I have high hopes for this year!

Past years at the parade can be found here : 2008, 2009 - we were snowed in, 2010, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmasy Catch Up

We have been so busy this month, and I have so many pictures and memories that I want to make sure I document here, but I just don't have time to make a separate post for each!  And so...a little catch up in what we have done this Holiday season.  Brace yourselves for a slew of pictures and random ramblings as I try to be a memory keeper for my family ('cause we all know I'm no scrapbooker!).

We kicked off the month of December with our annual trip to Alexandria, VA, for the Scottish Christmas walk - the guys were all excited to get their kilts out once again.  My brother couldn't make it this year, but the rest of us had a great time!

Every year there is one group that walks in the parade and, while I can't be sure, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say they are always pretty sloshed.   They yell 'yo, yo, yo' which I am sure has some significance to them, but to's just cracks me up every year.  This year Em and I got our pic snapped in front of them.  Can you even handle Gemma's hat?  Oh she is so cute!
I just think these horses are pretty. 
Moving on...

The boys and I made a trip over to my sisters house for some ornament painting.  
The little guys had a great time decorating their salt dough ornaments, and Jack has proudly hung his on the tree where he points to them almost every day and tells me about how he painted them with his 'best friend, Emerson'. 
 Jack tends to get a little wild with paint, so he went shirtless for this particular activity.   Nothing says Christmas like a half naked toddler!
My nephew Emerson is such a little thinker and very meticulous with his artwork.  He was totally stressed that Jack is more of a free-form painter (to put it nicely).

Last Friday we rang bells for Salvation Army at the mall, which was a really cool thing to do as a family, one I would like to make a yearly tradition.  I was worried that Luke might get too cold, so I wore him under one of Matt's jackets, all snuggled up next to me.  He was warm...but it was definitely not the most flattering outfit I have ever put together. 
Can we all take note of Jack in the above picture?  Yeah...are you surprised to see that he is cavorting about?  Me either.

Last weekend we had a Christmas party, where we also managed to snap a cute family picture!
 Little boys in sweater vests! Good stuff! What wasn't good was when we caught Jack reaching onto the buffet to snag carrots, taking a bite and returning it to the platter for another.  I guess I should just be glad he was eating veggies?

While all of the above activities make us sound really busy, we have been able to have a lot of time for just the four of us to enjoy this season as well, which has been really wonderful.  I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday season as well!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Parade

We had such a great time on Saturday, I wish you all could have been there! We were slightly disappointed by the parade this year, it seemed kind of unorganized, which was surprising because this event typically rocks.  But even that couldn't scare away our good time.
 My boys were spell bound, at least for a while.  Eventually all Jack really wanted to do was climb up and down the curb while holding Daddy's had.
Right after I took this photo I saw a man knelt down taking pictures of Matt and Jack.  He stood up, explained that he was from The Washington Post, and interviewed Matt on his feelings about the Kiltie Society of Alexandria passing a new law stating that men must wear underwear when wearing a kilt.  If you could have seen Matt's face when the man went on to ask what Matt was sporting under his kilt! Oh boy! Wouldn't you like to know mister!
Ahem...anyway. As I was saying...we liked the parade.

The city of Alexandria dons it's finest for Christmas and boy to they know how to do it up right!  There are no blowup Santa snowglobes to be found, no Santa legs sticking haphazardly out of chimneys here and there. 
I always leave with a bunch of new ideas to try, but I never actually get around to trying them! For instance...this was outside!
They had hung bunches and bunches of Christmas tree ornaments from their windows, and it was just so pretty and festive.  And oh hey look!
Actually, that is one of the only pictures that I got of myself there.  Matt and I had grand plans of getting a cute family photo taken, but, well...Jack was mostly doing this every time we picked him up.
Oh well. Still a great time! Also, I have to show off this picture even though my mom is going to be livid.
Isn't she just beautiful?  She needed a recent photo because the young lady she donated her kidney to will be holding it when she is in the Rose Parade on January 1st!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jack and the Stomach Bug

Well, as I mentioned before, Jack seems to have come down with some kind of little stomach bug.  We took him to the doctor on Tuesday, and it is something that just needs to run it's course.  He is definitely on the mend though.  His fever is gone, but he is still creating some pretty foul diapers, if you know what I mean. 

But.  We can rally. 

This weekend is the Annual Scottish Walk in Alexandria, and barring an unforeseen yuckiness with Jack's little tummy, we will be there with kilts on! Well...the boys will be there with kilts on, I will be wrapped in a blanket, holding a hot cup of coffee, because it's December and COLD.  I am a little flummoxed by how to dress Jack. I'm thinking lots of layers, with his snowsuit, blankets, and jacket along for when he is in his stroller?

I gotta admit, I am really excited! We missed last year because Jack was only a 4 weeks old and it seemed unwise to try to brave the elements with a newborn.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Real Men Wear Kilts

Saturday was a big day, first of all my little brother FINALLY turned 21.  Happy Birthday Everett!

Second, it was the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, PA. Do you see the shirt he is wearing? My mom had it made for his birthday, but not only that, she also collaborated with all of the girls to surprise our guys with a little something special.
(Tim, Emerson, Brandon, Tony, Everett, Jack, Matt, Brett)
Kilts!  Matt thought that I was ordering myself a new lens but instead I put the money towards a surprise for him.  We are a single income family, and although we are well provided for, it's not often that I get to give him an unexpected big gift.  It was really great to see how surprised he was!

Plus I got to catcall at him all day and ask him to show me a little leg.  He wasn't a HUGE fan of that...but I thought I was usual.

 Not only did Matt wear a kilt... did Jack! Get a load of those squishy knees! Oh heavens!  We had a great time taking in the sights, it was incredibly crowded, and I will never cease to be amazed at how rude people are in a crowd.  People thought nothing of cutting off the stroller as we were walking, but even that couldn't temper the day.
Jack enjoyed his first parade as well, he liked the bagpipes, but his favorite?
The trombone.  We also got to see one of our favorite Celtic bands, Barleyjuice.
We couldn't figure out why my mom was SO insistent that we sit in the front, until midway through the show when Kyf Brewer(the dude in the vest up there) had Everett stand up and wished him a happy 21st! Pretty cool!

We had a great time celebrating Ev's birthday, but I was left with one, nagging question...
Why, in the 6 years that I twirled baton, didn't I ever get to wear these fabulous boots?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Scottish Walk '08

Every year on the first weekend of December my family gets up early, stocks up on coffee, and piles into cars on our way down to Alexandria Virginia for the Scottish Walk. The Scottish Walk is kind of a Christmas parade, kind of a bagpiper show, with a bunch of Scottish clans, dogs, and local officials sprinkled in for good measure.

Sigh...I just love the Scottish Walk. Also, I love Alexandria. So quaint, so picturesque, that blue house five feet across?
On these outings I continually try to capture a cute picture of our family as a group, even though I am rarely in said group picture. I think it is a sign that they are immune to my camera when only three out of eight smile.
And can we focus in on what Emily is doing?
What on earth sister?
The boys in our family keep saying they are all going to go for it one year and actually wear kilts with my (Scottish) step-fathers family tartan, but I don't know, I personally don't think any of them have the cajones to actually step out in a mean...kilt.
Does one wear shorts under their kilt? I played field hockey and had to wear a blue and white plaid kilt, we wore shorts for modesty sake. Well, most of us did, but that is another topic for another post. Anyway...back to the Scottish walk...

There are a ton of dogs at the walk every year, we don't take Jaco simply because...well..he is naughty. Also, yesterday he was afraid of my vibrating cell phone, so I can only imagine his reaction to bagpipes.
But when I saw this fella peeking out under the banner I immediately missed my wonderful bad dog.
We cheer loudly for our local Kiltie Band. Yaaay Yorkers!!! Woooo! The residents of Alexandia look at us like weirdos, but you know what I think? I think, deep down, they are grateful that the York Peppermint Patty is in existence, and therefore, deep down, grateful for the county of York(p.s. Peppermint Patties are no longer made in York, but they still say York, so I still somehow take credit for them).
Every year I wonder WHY that man has his chin strap in his mouth. That can't be comfortable, and in case he didn't feel weird enough parading down the streets in a, they couldn't even find a hat that fit him? The shame.
After the parade we wandered down to the Potomac River where I spotted this little craft, and immediately began fantasizing about Captain Jack Sparrow. What?! A girl can have her daydreams!

At the end of the day, we did eventually manage a nice family picture...
..A day well spent. Even if on the ride home it began to snow and a two hour drive turned into a FIVE hour drive.

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