Monday, September 20, 2010

this weeks menu!

Monday:  &                                                                                                                              

Tuesday: FAIR FOOD :) Make snacks to take along! {Granola, crackers & drinks}                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Thursday: &

Friday: Meal to Go!


BREAKFAST: with yogurt

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

diy crackers





I found this great recipe at The Trendy Treehouse 

                                                                                                                                                                             What you will need...

  • 2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (be creative and use Jack or both)
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • Bowl
  • Clean solid surface for rolling
  • knife (let mom and dad use this)
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Baking Sheet
  • Cooking Spray

What to do...

  • Preheat the oven to 325˚F.
  • Mix together the flour and salt.
  • Stir in the cheese.
  • Then stir in the melted butter until cheese dough is firm.
  • Wrap in Plastic Wrap & chill for 30 min. This makes the dough easier to work.
  • Roll the chilled dough into long ropes.
  • Cut ropes in 1/4 in. pieces.
  • Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet keeping them about an inch apart. (take a fork and poke each cracker. You can also form them into squares if you like, just work them with your fingers, this is fun for kids too!)
  • Bake each batch for 20-25 min. until lightly toasted on the bottoms of the crackers. Also make sure the tops of the crackers are firm to touch.
  • Take them out to cool and then enjoy

Saturday, August 7, 2010

look what gannon learned how to do!

He learned how to TIE HIS SHOES! He

brought me his babydoll from upstairs to show me the knot he tied on it jacket, then I asked him if he would like to learn how to tie his shoes…so we sat down and practiced for awhile and then he tied them! He got a little mixed up when it came to pulling the loops but it all worked out(even if they were a little lopsided). Enjoy the pics!


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This was after he tied them the first time!


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Talking to Daddy on the phone and telling him that he tied his shoes…


Sunday, August 1, 2010

recent Sayings of Gannon




Aug 1st-

Mom I am playing Checkers with Matthew on my phone…(phone clicking) oh man he just skipped his turn. Mom…this is my Y-I Phone…ya know you can play ANY game on this phone….ugh mom your a dork! and a sock head (yelled from living room)….mom, Matthew beat me on Y-I Checkers…(insert eye roll here)DSC_0507 


Asking Gannon what Tiffany’s babies name will be-  Baby Raiden, or baby ponytails or baby roseybows and she can wear bows!

I get 6 bucks for food at walmart for playing chitty chitty checkers!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless wednesday…

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

to infinity and beyond…

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Gannon loves to swing in his swing…he likes to go “over the bar” . I love watching him because his giggle while swinging is so genuine.

   These are the times that I will cherish most…time with just Gannon and me not working. When I am at my parents house I only work after Gannon goes to bed, during the day when I am not shooting Gannon and I have SO much fun…

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

wordless wednesday






Taken in my parents backyard while standing in Gannon’s fort. Something about it seems so relaxing to me…the sunsets out there are AMAZING!

My weight loss journey




or lack there of…I have done HORRBILE lately and I am ready to get back on track! I started working out again and we have nightly walks or bike rides…Jillian is kicking my butt, but in the end it will all be WORTH IT! I have a wedding to attend in 10 days and want to look awesome!


    I would really like to lose another  20 lbs by Aug 17th so that would put my weight loss at almost 40lbs!!! My small goal is lose 10lbs by July 16th. Kyle and I will also be celebrating our 7yr anniversary while in Houston and I want to look FABULOUS in my dress…which I got on SALE and is a SIZE 5 but that really doesn’t mean crap in dresses because I know that I can’t normally fit in a 5/6(YET)…8’s yes but not 5/6’s… Since January I have lost about 4 inches all over and dropped almost 5 sizes….

  My weakness is DEF chocolate…and a nice cold DP…I keep a lot of fruit in the house to snack on and drink water but my thoughtful husband who is starting to put me first has been bringing me home DP’s and snickers…Oh Kyle I love you but LOATHE that you bring me those! So starting on Sunday we are going semi gluten free…(is that possible??) We have already switched over to hormone free/organic chicken and keep lots of of fresh fruit and veggies in the house & freezer. I have found a lot of great resources and will be posting my menu’s on here when I make them…  My weakness is late at night when I am up editing…so I have tried to do that during the day and then the evenings are spent outside with Gannon. Unfortunately I haven’

t been as busy so I can spend more time with Gannon but REALLY miss shooting. ANYWAYS…any encouragement or words of wisdom would be appreciated! Just a snap shot from our anniversary family date….DSC_0011

Thursday, June 24, 2010

fun in the sun…

I LOVE SUMMER!! well most parts of it! I love getting a TAN (getting a sunburn), the cookouts, swimming, drinks with friends!! I could go on!

We went and got another pool for the backyard, our backyard is decent sized but it is SLANTED! UGH…only so many things can go on the little flat part that we have. Oh well, it keeps Gannon & I happy!

   LOVE these 2 pics…What are you fav things about summer??IMG_2379 IMG_2437

wordless wednesday (a day late)

   I know it is supposed to be wordless wednesday…but REALLY how can you resist THIS FACE!!! As stressed as I get, when I see this face my heart melts and I realize that he is MINE! I love you Gannon!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Things I want to build/create in June

Cereal Box Sunburst Mirror 

Not sure if want a mirror in the middle or something else…any ideas??


and this Photobucket 


               This is how we roll


I actually have 3 pallets and would love to make a chair for Gannon’s bedroom and then 2 chairs/daybed kinda thing upstairs in the playroom!

Just need 3 recycled doors (I think I can get some from my FIL…)


What are some of your summer projects?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

100 FREE things to do with your kids this Summer!(and a few extras)

100 FREE THINGS to do with your kids this summer


(basic paper yellow alpha by katie pertiet at

List is reposted from Digital Reflections

A little break from our summer activity to bring you list of things to do this summer, that wont break the bank, and if you are handy they will actually be FREE.  If you are keeping up with our summer you know I am all about keeping the kids from being bored, but also about enhancing their education in the process and bringing them back to nature.  (update on Wild West Week tomorrow).... so here goes (if its blue its a link for more information)

1.  Library-check out books that have IDEAS - give reason for further hands on study (activity).  Reserve books through your online service at your local library that have items of interest for your Childs age group, how to make paper airplanes, science experiments, craft projects, etc. even as we are learning about different artists we are practicing our learning by completing art projects...get creative with the books you can get...

2. Library-STORY TIME - something about a different setting breaks up the routine for the kids, gives them something to look forward to.

3. Local Park - go early, pack a lunch, bring a drawing tablet, enjoy the outside before its too hot.

4. Take a field trip.

5.  Visit a fire department.

6.  Play in the water - but aside from the everyday play in the sprinkler, kiddie pool - make games with the water - use the water with paint brushes and paint the fence (it dries clear, lol)...put coloring in the water and stretch paper across a fence - fill water guns with this colored water and then they are really painting with water colors. 

7.  Build a fort, go to nearby woods, gather sticks, broken branches, etc. build a fort, or house this will provide days worth of enjoyment both in the gathering/building/playing inside.

8. Take a nature walk.. take along a journal, let the kids bring cameras, then go home, identify everything your photographed, create a nature book.  That's a whole other days activities (paper, photos, glue, scissors, notebook) this is especially good saved for a rainy day.

9.  Take an  "Alphabet tour"... again camera(s) in hand, journals - letter guides for younger kids - drive to town/city - begin with the letter a (Apple street) b (building) c (coliseum) d(dairy queen) e(eatery) you get the drift - when you are done - each child has a personal and creative alphabet memory book.

10.  Check out kids free days at your museums.

11.  Make homemade ice cream (if you don't keep heavy cream on hand you will have to buy it, but hey its still pretty cheap entertainment/enjoyment).  Make popsicles, smoothies, ice cream sundaes.

12. Go on a scavenger hunt

13.  Host a neighborhood carnival (we're talking bean bag toss, use the water gun to shoot the ducky, egg on the spoon, those kind of games)  - each neighbor hosts a game/activity and gives out a snack/drink - makes for a very fun day..

14.  Go to an outdoor concert (most towns/cities have a website where you can see what/when and which ones are free.)

15.  Check your movie theatre for free summer movies (usually morning showings)

16.  Go to the beach.

17.  Check out your local hardware store - they offer free kids club building projects.

18.  Cook with your kids (my kids are still loving to cook the evening meals with me) but let them plan it, be apart of the shopping, table setting - make dessert!)

19.  Host a cooking party - invite some friends (your kids aren't the only ones home and wanting something to do) - have each mom bring a few ingredients and spend the day making cookies, treats, etc. (maybe you know someone who could use some extra love and attention - make a whole meal with these friends, let the kids make cards, and go make someone's day brighter and happier).

20.  Teach the kids Frisbee golf.

21.  Go fly a kite (why not make them first).

22.  Do a sewing project together.  Make a picnic or story time blanket, apron, or summer dress.

23.  Make sock puppets - put on a puppet shows.

24.  Go outside for reading time.

25.  Make and blow bubbles.

26.  Hide all the army men, mini animals, etc. in the sand pit - have a excavation. (even read a book about archeologists before hand).

27.  Play dress up.

28.  Have a tea party.

29.  Make an obstacle course out of your back yard and have races.

30. Play jacks.

31. Go fishing.

32. Go on a bike ride.

33. Camp in your back yard.

34. Melt and create with crayons.

35. Visit a local state park.

36. Go bowling (a lot of the alleys offer students 2 free games over the summer).

37. Plant a garden using seeds from your vegetables/fruits.

38. Tour local historic sites.

39. Make a star gazing map.

40. Teach the kids to knit.

41. Check with a local farm - offer to help feed the animals.

42. Set up a lemonade stand.

43. Set up hot wheels races in the driveway. (my guys love this - they always want to see which of their 100's of cars is awarded 'the fastest" - have them make a trophy to give to the winning car - then next time  - the new winning car gets the trophy.

44. Have a LEGO building contest (using x# pieces, only using blue pieces, creating something a certain height, create something that moves, etc.)

45. Make a doll.

46. Hunt for animal tracks. (get a book from the library to help identify them).

47. Have a dress up party (doesn't have to be Halloween to wear those costumes).

48. Learn bird calls.

49. Use magazines to make mosaics.

50. Check your craft stores for make and take craft projects (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.).

51. Tour a factory.

52. Make musical instruments and become a 'home band' sensation! (think - pie pan tambourine, paper towel holder rain stick, string and cereal box guitar) - don't forget to dress the part!

53. Make tye die shirts. (play some groovy tunes, too)

54. Take a picnic to dad/mom/grandma/ etc... give them a nice break from their work day.

55. Make a tent in the living room.

56. Go to an Arboretum.

57. Make a bird feeder with pine cones & peanut butter (and bird seed of course).

58. Paint with fruit and veggies (and anything else you will let them paint with - think q-tips, old toothbrush, sponges, leaves.... etc.)

59. Play charades.

60. Have a "BORED" game day - pull out all those dusty games and let each child pick a game - if its nice outside - take em out on your picnic blanket.

61. Walk your neighbors dog.

62. Blow up Diet coke with mentos.

63. Make silhouettes.

64. Check out local VBS offerings - a lot of time you can volunteer while your kids attend.

65. Learn/Go Orienteering.

66. Make a compass. (ties in to 65)

67. Gather friends and have a "clean" the park day - celebrate your good deed with a picnic and play time.

68. Sculpt with homemade SALT CLAY.

69. Collect Seashells. (then sort by color/size. etc. - make a seashell necklace or use the shells to decorate an empty jar - adults should use the glue gun).

70. Play "I Spy" as you walk around your neighborhood.

71. Go to a farmers market.

72. Check with a local pizzeria to see if you can come in for a tour (they will probably want you to buy a pizza - so it may not be "free" - but fun!)

73. Check your newspaper for local summer festivals.

74. Make school related activities fun - create your own matching cards (I make mine using these cute digital supplies found here and here). Use macaroni for math reinforcement, make a clock with a paper plate, help with geometry by giving building tasks, etc.)

75. Learn (play) street games.

76. Make Taffy.

77. Make a checker board and your own checkers. then play for a bit...

78. Make your own board games.

79. Make a Milk Carton Boat - and head to a pond.

80. Have a Christmas in July party and ask all the guests to bring donations for your local food pantry.

81. Participate in a free activity at Bass Pro Shop.

82. Have a major league team in your area - call about free kids tickets this summer.

83. Take a trip to tour your state capitol, local courthouse, etc.

84. Gather, paint, make pet rocks.

85. Plan a theme week (keep checking back here for more details about our themes this summer).

86. Volunteer at a local charity/Habitat for Humanity.

87. Have a pajama day, enjoy movies and popcorn (great for a rainy day).

88. Color.

89. Make a Wind chime.

90. Write your own poems.

91. Do a toy swap (pack up those forgotten toys and swap with a friend - kids love new "to them" toys as much as they love :NEW: toys.

92. "Play" school.

93. Make paper dolls for boys, for girls, or for the more advanced.

94. Travel around the world. Have English scones for breakfast, Chinese Stir Fry for lunch, Italian for dinner. Make a craft to go with each country, get a library book with photos of these places. (maybe even see if you have a friend your child can become pen pals with.)

95. Have a switcha-roo day, you send your kids to someone else's house and their kids come to yours... kids LOVE this... just plan a few activities (you can choose from some on this list) and give them a great day as your friend will do with your kiddos.

96. Play tennis, soccer, kickball, football, etc.

97. Make slime.

98. Make glowing fireflies. we get our glow sticks at Target's $1.00 bins and they come with 10, so its practically free.

99. Make a sandcastle. If you don't have a sand box, gather up all sorts of containers and some water jugs and head over to your local park - spend the day building a great sand castle together -lots of kids will want to get in on the action so its a great social time, too.

100.  Enjoy an art lesson.

101.  Teach the kids camp songs or chants.

102.  Reuse pillowcases to make dresses.  (expanding on #22 with a new FREE pattern)

103.  Make newspaper hats and write a skit.  Hold a performance for the family.

104.  Create an ACTIVITY BAG for a quick boredom buster.

105.  Make a cereal box globe.

106. Gather sticks and play "pick up sticks"

107. Make Ice Treasures.

108. Make a Rube Goldberg.

109. Create school games, file folder games, your own monopoly to help teach money, use household objects for counting and sorting, etc.

110.  Make your own tic-tac-toe game with seashells or other collectibles.

Most importantly remember the simplicity of childhood is found in the quality of the time spent together - enjoy each moment, create an environment of joy and excitement, learning and fun and I am certain this summer will be one we all remember for a very long time.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

No spend month-June

I found an AWESOME blog called Small Note Book…I have been thinking of ways to save money and cut down on useless spending…

Kyle recently received a work phone so we suspended his service on his iPhone, it will save us about $40-50/ month, he can still use it with wifi just like you would with an iTouch. Basically they turned off the data package but we still pay the $9.99 / mo for service…another thing we are going to do is cancel our cable EEEK!!! not sure how I will live with out my DVR, but it is a good thing.

I still have about 15lbs I want to lose by the middle of July and this will be an incentive to get off my butt and work out (hopefully!!) so that will save us about $60 plus tax, in place of cable we are going to get Netflix, it is $9/mo and we can stream it live through our wii or watch it on the computer and get 1 DVD out at a time, everything else we watch is on local TV or I can watch my trashy shows on my computer, lol… The point of this is to save money, spend more time together as a family and de-electronic-ifi (is that even a word??)some…we focus WAY to much around the TV and aren’t spending enough time together…Kyle works ALOT (like 80-90hrs/ week) so the time we do have together is precious and guess where we spend 80% of the day? DING DING DING! In front of the TV.  I know personally I need to de-electronic-ifi (lol, something about that word is kinda funny)…I work from home and spend ALOT of time on the computer working…Starting June 1st I will be working semi-normal hours, lol which means going to bed at 1am instead of 3 or 4am!

Limiting myself to only being on the computer 6 hours per day, that sounds like alot but when you are a photographer it isn’t, it is no different then working an 8-10 hour day on…I am just doing mine at home. So I will actually work IN my office and NOT on the couch, while I am working in the office Gannon can be doing his summer workbooks and he actually likes doing them (but that is a WHOLE other post)…  


So these are the rules of the NO SPEND MONTH…(taken from Small Note Book)


We have a total budget of $250 to spend on anything we would buy for ourselves this month.


  • Groceries & eating out
  • Gas
  • Clothing
  • Household items
  • Entertainment

Not included:

  • Rent, insurance, and bills
  • Health expenses
  • Work expenses
  • Savings and investments
  • Tithes and gifts


What’s the point?

What’s the point of depriving ourselves? Shouldn’t we be able to enjoy life?

Yes, and that’s exactly why we do it. When we take a break from spending, we learn to appreciate what we have. The convenient restaurant dinners become a special treat, our favorite foods are savored, and every time I put gas in my car I am thankful to have the money to do so. We stop taking things for granted. (And let’s not forget all the money saved from not eating out or making impulse buys.)

Advice for getting started:
  1. Leave your debit card at home and use cash, budgeting a certain amount for each week.
  2. Spend as little as possible at the beginning while you’re motivated, so you’ll have more to spare later in the month.
  3. Don’t eat out. One restaurant dinner could be your entire week’s grocery budget.

Every family has a different situation, so adapt this plan to best fit what your family needs.

Make your budget amount challenging, but still realistic. If you have a special event planned, just make an exception for that day. Maybe focus on one area of spending, such as not eating out or buying new things for the house. You’ll find plenty of things to keep yourself busy this month, without spending more.

So I will be posting back next Saturday to let you know how my first week went! If you wanna do it with me let me know and I can add a McLinky and you can link to my blog.


During the week I will be posting about budget friendly organics, free things to do with your kids this summer & budget friendly date nights…


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

snap to it…

Well Gannon has officially learned how to snap his fingers on both hands…he learned how to a few weeks ago on the right hand and can now do it on both…GREAT! As if he doesn’t already talk like he is older now he can snap his fingers at me :)  The other night he came out of the bathroom and asked me” Do you have something you want to tell me? huh? I know what you DID! You spit your gum out in the toilet…


Kyle and I couldn’t help but crack up…Gannon does this face when he is serious and throws his hip out, leans over and sticks his finger in your face…it is the FUNNIEST thing I have ever seen and so cute…and because I can’t post with out a picture….this was taken the Summer of 2008.-0467

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A crown for a prince…well sort of





Today Gannon had to go to the dentist…he went a few weeks ago and the dentist said that he has porous teeth, so because of that he has week teeth…so we had sealant put on his teeth so that they don’t get cavities, a crown on a tooth that has basically just chipped away over time and 2 soft spots that will eventually turn into cavities…

We were only at the dentist yesterday for an hour and the procedure only took 20-30, we went ahead and sealed the other 3 teeth since he was doing so good. He was such a trooper and did WAY better then I could have! They staff is AMAZING at the office and were constantly encouraging him and praising him the whole time!  They gave him gas and then they put numbing cream on and then gave him the shot to finish numbing his mouth, he did EXCELLANT during the shot, he was relaxed from the gas, he did tense up towards the end but did so good! When we got done we went and got Gannon a HUGE chocolate milkshake and of course all that he wanted was fries…when we got home we watched noggin and took a nap, his poor little face is still swollen at bed time and he has the most ADORABLE crooked smile, His right cheek is swollen and he looks like a baby with chubby cheeks, he says he doesn’t remember anything but me singing to him, the blue “light saber” (the light that bonds the sealant) and at the most random times would just start laughing, it was so funny and all I could do was look at the assistant and laugh with him.  He actually at one point starting humming while she was getting the tooth ready for the crown. I love this boy more than anything and I am so glad that he did well (and that I did too, I had to make sure I wasn’t squeezing his hand, lol)

Here are some before and after pics from today! ENJOY!

(and if you need a wonderful dentist let me know and I will send them their info!)




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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Calm before the Snow Storm??

Friday was a beautiful day, windy but beautiful! We were outside for about 3.5 hours…Gannon played with his Kite, he got this kite for his 3rd birthday and it is still in perfect condition, not sure how but it is!


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Gannon helped Daddy get the kite out of the street…and then Gannon was able to get the kite off the ground with the help of Daddy! 

I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! I just need to find somewhere to hang it and then I am going to print it in a 16x20  IMG_0672-2

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I have always wanted to get some pictures of Gannon blowing bubbles and I finally got some…it is SO windy down here and it is hard to get good ones.                                               


The next thing we did was POP-ITS.


Did you ever do these when you were a kid? These are one of my favorite “fireworks”…

We got these last year to use and forgot to use them.

Gannon LOVED them…what kid doesn’t?? You throw something on the ground and it makes a loud pop.


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After playing with the pop-its Gannon wanted to ride his

4 wheeler my parents got him for Christmas.


He is getting so big and was riding like he was in a race, well he was pretending he was in a race.

I set up the small basketball goal for him to ride around,

I set it up so he could do a figure 8 but didn’t tell him that.


After he went around the goal and tree he came up to me and said, “uh mom, I just did a figure 8”, I told him that yes he did and asked him how he knew what that was…

I don’t remember his answer, probably because he told me as he was speeding off.



This was his first time riding like a big boy and “standing up”, don’t you just LOVE the tongue and the glasses crack me up!

He has a larger head (maybe because he is a genius, lol)

He can’t fit the ones from Children’s Place even though they are made for 5-7 yr olds.


THIS is the look I got…he didn’t want me to take his picture…poor kid! It must suck to have a mom as a photographer! :)


He has been writing his name since before Christmas but this is the first time in the driveway, we are learning about letters and how when you put them

together and sound them out they make words, he wants to read SO bad!

He actually spelled “Garage” tonight while I was working, just walked up to me and rattled it off, I was SO proud of him!


I LOVE THIS SMILE!!! He is just so sweet! I love waking up to this EVERYDAY!!


LOVE how you can see ME in his glasses!


Hope you enjoyed our DAY!….UP Next….SNOW STORM!!! (We’ve gotten about 5 inches so far)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

1-2-3 Imagine…Elmo Live

My Husband was able to get us FREE VIP tickets…I knew they were on the floor down low but wasn’t sure what “on the floor” meant.  I invited my good friend Crystal and her son Logan to join us…so we all walked in handed the guy our tickets and he lead us to our seat. I’m thinking oh these must be our seats right here in the middle…well he kept going, all the way to the FRONT, I remember turning around and looking at Crystal and thinking, OMG! We are FRONT AND CENTER!! We could not have asked for better seats. We were almost even with the middle of the stage. The boys loved it and I think we did too!


Gannon & Logan waiting for it to start!


Logan, Crystal,Gannon & Me after the show


Me & Gannon, I love this pic!  


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The whole show was about Imagining, they all received postcards and they had to imagine someplace they wanted to be. It was 1 cover your eyes, 2 think your there, 3 you can be ANYWHERE…

Ernie giving HIGH FIVES! Gannon is SO excited he got a high five!

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We also met Grover, Zoe & Abby Cadabby

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Rosita wanted to go to Mexico, Ernie wanted to sail a ship, Bert wanted to go to the bottom of the ocean and I forget who wanted to go to Africa(it might have been elmo).

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Gannon “chopping” his hair off, the balloons shown were $10 each and were gone in less then 10mins.

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Gannon and I during the show.


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Big Bird wanted to go to a Parade so they imagined they were in New Orleans. All the Characters did a parade in front of the stage and then went on stage and sang a song and confetti went everywhere.

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We all had a FABULOUS time and the boys LOVED it! Now if only Toy Story would come….

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