Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Twinkle Light Parade & Christmas Slime

* Twinkle Light Parade * 
There's a few events in December that are staples for our family and symbolize the beginning of the holiday season. The Twinkle Light Parade is always the first of these events!


For years, we attended the parade as watchers, lining the streets with the rest of the city to catch a glimpse of all the brightly decorated floats as they passed by. It was always freezing and super crowded, but so much fun! Then, a few years ago, my Mom decided that she wanted to put together a float for her Christmas charity and the rest was history. Every year since the first, our float gets bigger, more kids participate and there are more and more lights! This year however, we were thrown a few unexpected curve balls that almost ruined the day. Thankfully though, we survived and it ended much better than it began!


I'm telling you guys, having a second kiddo is a total game changer - or it has been for us, anyway. We're always running late (which drives me crazy)! I mean, who wants to be those people who are always late to everything?! Because we no longer use a diaper bag, we almost always forget to bring along something important that we need or we lose something important while on an outing. It's like we just can't get our shit together, a vast majority of the time, lol. It doesn't help that Gracie is the most active and "spirited" child on earth, constantly adding to the happy chaos and for some events, things just seem to fall apart. This was most def the case for this year's parade.


We were running late (per usual) and on the way, G and I got into a debate about where we needed to meet our group to board the float. I said we needed to meet at the same place we met the year prior, while Georgia was convinced that my mom mentioned a different street, located much closer to the parade route. G being the "master navigator" that she is, she drove us to the place she thought we were supposed to meet everyone and we then spent 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot. Once we finally did and unloaded everything, we realized that Grace forgot to bring her elf hat that I put right by the door and ask that she grab, like a hundred times. We got walking and around 4-5 blocks later a truck pulled up and said they thought they saw us drop a few Santa hats down the road... sure enough, G checked her handful of stuff and she didn't have our hats. Ugh! By this point she was in the worst mood and insisted that we keep walking toward the main parade route, while she doubled back to get the hats.


When I arrived on the corner she thought we needed to meet, my mom's float was nowhere in sight. Long story short, we (and by we, I mean G) got it wrong and we were supposed to meet at the same place as the year before - which was literally 20 blocks up the road. When I told Georgia this, she blew up and then I blew up and we both shutdown and just started marching up the street. We totally overreacted to the stress of being late and cold and a bit hangry. It didn't help that Grace was melting down because she forgot her hat and was afraid that the float was going to leave without us, or that we left Will's pacifier at home.

By some sort of Christmas miracle, my friend Adam ended up saving the day and picked us up in his minivan to drive us the remainder of the way, just in time to catch the float before it left. It was a miracle that we made it and once we did, all the stress of what happened leading up to our arrival went away. My mom had another hat for Gracie and Will forgot about his pacifier once he was around all the kids and bright lights. G and I both gave each other the, "I'm sorry I lost my shit" look and we did our best to have a great time - which we did!



Grace got to meet all sorts of new friends on this year's float and looked just adorable in her elf jammies from last Christmas. It was freezing, but my mom had the foresight to put heaters on the float so we were all comfy, bundled and happy to waive at everyone and pass out candy canes. It was definitely one of those experiences that I'm sure we'll look back on in years and laugh, only remembering the fun parts and not the craziness that led up to the holiday fun! :) 
  

Check out this Christmas cutie! I found this hat at the bottom of a clearance bin at Gybmoree before Will joined our family. I just love seeing him in the special little things we picked out for our 2nd born, when he was still just a dream in our hearts!


* The Grinch Christmas Slime * 


If you have a kiddo between the age of 6-10, chances are high that they're obsessed with making slime! Gracie is for sure and from what I hear from other moms, this seems to be the case with most kids these days. Our gal is so obsessed that she's asked to have a slime making station at her next birthday party and literally begged us for two weeks to make Christmas slime, so I had no choice but to make it happen! 

Here's what you'll need to make your own Christmas Slime:

- 1/2 TBSP of baking soda
- 1 TBSP of contact lens solution
- 4 fl oz of white Elmer's Glue
- Your choice of food coloring
- Glitter, the more sparkly the better!



1. Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in 2. Pour out the entire contents of a 4oz of Elmer’s school glue into the bowl. 3. Add ½ TBSP of baking soda and mix.


4. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring. 5. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want.



6. Add 1 TBSP of contact lens solution 7. Mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix 8. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands 9. If needed, add ¼ TBSP contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky. To make your ordinary slime into Christmas Slime, add some festive glitter to the mix! 



And ta-da! Presenting Gracie's Grinch Christmas Slime. When she was finished making it, her and Will played with their slime for OVER an HOUR! It was wonderful and we'll most definitely be making it again.



More about our Christmas coming soon! Until then, here's a bit of snow day fun! This was our first bit of snow for the winter and we've had quite a lot more since this. The kiddos are loving it. :)





2 comments:

  1. LOL you'll get the hang of it. I always at least stick a diaper bag in the car so it's there in case I need stuff, even if I don't bother carrying into the store or anything. Just good to have some spare stuff there just in case. Now with every baby I'm usually on time because you just master the getting out the door when the older kids can get their own stuff together. Makes it easier.

    That parade looks so cute!!!

    Ugh slime. Riley went through a phase and then Quinn made a bunch with a Nickelodeon kit but some of it was just awful and sticky. It's fun though.

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    1. I can see a glimmer of the "older kids helping" stuff with Gracie more and more! It's still like wrangling cats getting both of them out the door, but it's getting better. We always joke that we could survive for months with everything that's in my car, because I'm prepared for all things, haha! I have blankets, snacks, emergency kits, glow sticks, diapers, wipes, a spare pacifier... you name it - I got it. It's when we go anywhere in Georgia's truck that we're screwed, LOL!

      As for the slime -- I mostly hate it, especially because Grace insists on adding glitter. The glitter ends up EVERYWHERE and she almost always leaves it out and it gets all dried out, which is such a waste. I do love that she's so creative with it though. Mad props to you for getting all your kids anywhere on time!

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