The 120th Rose Parade
Shayla wasn't interested in going to watch the Penn State vs. USC game at the Rose Bowl this afternoon so we didn't get tickets. We are now here in our hotel room watching it on television while she plays. She's really had a great vacation and we are so grateful! After watching Christi suffer so it's such a wonderful feeling to see pure joy on your child's face. Soon after Christi died and we went on a trip, it was so odd for her because she didn't have anyone to play with. Now she can play by herself. She has really grown and matured, yet has retained that "sweetness" demonstrating her compassion and thoughtfulness toward others. I can't help but think Christi's journey played a role in developing those wonderful traits. She is an absolute delight to be around. We are so lucky!
The United States Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard - the only Mounted Color Guard in the US Marine Corps. Shayla asked them why they were riding English instead of Western. They chuckled among themselves and basically said, "We don't know. We ride Western all of the time and English just for parades. Maybe some people think these saddles are fancier or something."
Shayla at the Rose Bowl Parade.
Our seats were at the famous "TV Corner" - amazing seats. We were able to watch the parade in front of us, and then to actually see the other side of the floats as they turned the corner and continued rolling along. What a blessing!
More than 1,000 young ladies audition each year for the chance to be named the Rose Queen or a member of her quart. They make nearly 150 public and media appearances throughout the year. Having met the uncle of one of the Princesses last night at an ice cream shop, we were anxious to see "Princess Jasmine" this morning. They were lovely!
There was an incredible fly over from an Air Force B-2. It was silent, we couldn't believe it.
We watched this float being assembled. What a treat to watch it come down the parade route. This has been an amazing experience!
Goodluck Penn State University!
Some of the PSU Cheerleaders
We watched this float as it was being decorated on Tuesday. Of course we noticed "Alex" - Christi's little lemonade stand friend from Philly and thought of her too.
Shayla, the Munchkin, with the "Wizard of Oz" float
At the very end of the parade, perhaps to choke us up - just kidding, the Ronald McDonald House float.