South Padre Island Christmas Parade 2009

December 14, 2008

What a beautiful picture!

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 If only I was doing this on purpose.

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Who gets a shot of two legs running down the street? WTH? Where did the torso go?

 It was party time on South Padre Island again.

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 The crowd had gathered for yet another great community event.

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 Everyone was in great spirits and there were great spirits around.

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These guys had it going on.  They stood in front of all their supplies for the picture.

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 This picture came out great – look in the background.

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The kids were adorable.

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Surfer Santa… Why not?

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 Everybody was looking good.

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 Real good. 

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RRRrrreal good with a capital “R”.

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 The island was lit up like a beautiful Christmas village in some areas.

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 Every year this parade grows bigger and better.

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 Everybody loves a fire truck.

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  There were beautiful floats

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the people on the floats were tossing out candy and beads to the crowd

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 Even the smallest ones came away smiling.

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 I am having problems working this new-fangled camera so what does this guy do?

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 start to show off for me.  

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Way to go, dude. 

These mermaids were tossing beads out to the crowd as well.

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This pair of Santas was the most traditional.

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 The ultimate topper for such an evening was an outstandingly beautiful walk on a moonlit beach.

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If you want to see what the beach looks like right now click here.

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Christmas Came Early

December 2, 2008

Santa Claws came early this year. Actually, I ordered this in October and waited for weeks, put my faith in “the system”, and did not call to double-check the order. I just figured I would leave things alone and they would go as they should. WRRROOONNNGGOOO! I called to track the trikke after a few weeks and the girl told me there was no record of the order. I waited for weeks and weeks and those were weeks full of good weather and warm sunshine. This lady was telling me that even after Laquisha took my order, checked my address, double checked and repeated the credit card numbers out to me and told me to have a nice day, NOTHING was put into the computer. Now all I had was the cold winter months coming and I figured the bike would come just in time for the rain and slush and cold and mud. I had to reorder but luckily, it came today, DECEMBER 1st. I hope that the weather is sunny all through December so I can ride my new toy. My next goal is to lose enough weight by March to go public in a swimsuit, but look badass in it. It can be done. I have done it before. I lose enough to look good for an event, turn heads, then the next day it is right back to my old eating habits. This time I want to go for a complete year staying in shape. December 1st is the beginning of my new journey.

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It looked challenging in the box.

 

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After some easy assembly, it was ready to go. In just a few minutes, I was rockin and rollin’ rather leanin’ and slicing.

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My new neighbor was putting a wreath together.

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The iridescent butterfly was gorgeous.

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She said, “I’m gonna have to do it in blue.” I said, “We are going to do our boat in blue for the South Padre Island boat parade. Blue and silver is beautiful.”

They gave my daughter a tour of her new house.

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It is houses like this that led my daughter to call us poor. I am a little bit older than the child and am grateful to have a place to live.

Tonight, Venus, Jupiter and the moon were bunched together and posed for a group shot.

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