Saturday, September 19, 2009

Parade

This is the longest I have gone without writing a post since I started my blog. I just haven't felt inspired to write lately. It's weird, because I feel like I have such a pleasant life, but it makes for really uninteresting blog entries. Not that I want something dramatic to happen just so I will have something to write about, but my life is so...settled...and a lot of times I just don't know what to say. I could say that today I'm still a teacher, still a mom, and my life has the occasional little anecdotal events at best, but that's about it.

Today I was in a parade. I've never been in a parade before, so it's kind of funny that my first time in one was today, at the age of 30. The parade was so much fun. Clint and I were there with our kickboxing group, and our martial art's class somehow wound up leading the entire parade even though they had registered late. We had to march down Main St., singing this cheer intermittently. Every time the parade stopped, we had to perform. Us kickboxers rotated each time we stopped, so sometimes I was kicking, sometimes I was punching, and sometimes I was holding pads for others who were kicking and punching.

The one thing I didn't expect was to see people that I know along the parade route. I've never known anyone to attend our city's pitiful little parade, so I was surprised when people in the audience hollered my name. I was thrilled to see Matt and Alana among the spectators. They both looked so excited and surprised to see me and Clint in the parade. But we never did tell anyone that we were going to be in it, so I guess why would they expect to see us there?

Elijah and his Little Ninjas group were in the very front our group, and they were so cute. For the first half of the route, they were smiling and waving at the crowds. But for the second half, it started to get hot, and they kept sneakily hitching a ride with the truck that was leading the parade. They would just jump in real quick (when the parade slowed or stopped) and enjoy the ride. I'm pretty sure that this was frowned upon, but we thought it was hilarious that our little ninja group kept getting smaller and smaller. Trinity was the team leader for her class, and she was awesome. Her job was to keep everyone in her group in a straight line and to start the demonstrations. She sounded so loud and authoritative, but in a good way. She really seemed to know what she was doing.

After the parade we went to Route 66. We actually had a really pleasant time, other than the fact that it was uncomfortably hot. First we browsed through all of the booths, and then we took the kids to the bounce houses. The kids had a great time in the bounce houses, but we had to cut them off after about forty minutes because Elijah's face was getting so red and flushed, even though he was drinking tons of water. I worry about him, because he has such a delicate little body (unlike Trin, who's as sturdy as a horse), plus he's just my baby. After the bounce house we came back and I went cruising with my mom in the Corvette. That was my favorite part, because I loved seeing all of the awesome classic cars and their amazing paint jobs, plus I had a great time hanging out with my mom. The AC was definitely a bonus, too. While I was with my mom, the kids went cruising in Emmett's truck. They loved it.

Completely unrelated, but we are seriously considering letting our house in SL's go into foreclosure. I feel guilty because the idea actually excites me.