Feeling thankful.

We made our annual trek to New York for Thanksgiving week and I’d love to share a little piece of that experience with you. 2016 marks the 5th year I’ve been invited by Sprout to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanks to this opportunity I get to spend a few days in one of the greatest cities in the world with my family, the greatest people in my world! This gloriously crazy week leaves me depleted of energy, yet some how filled up with gratitude for all of my blessings.

Our itinerary for the week was action-packed. It began with a visit to Sprout’s network headquarters at Rockefeller Center and a quick hello to Kaitlyn and Chica, from the Sunny Side Up Show. I also had a fitting for the wardrobe I would wear in the parade as well as an evening rehearsal right on 34th Street in front of Macy’s.

This rehearsal is really a special experience since they shut down the entire street so that we, along with all of the other performers, can practice in front of the cameras and lights.

Luckily, during the week we were able to squeeze in playground time with friends, a visit to MOMA, a horse-carriage ride in Central Park, fun time at the Lego store, meals at fabulous restaurants as well as hotdog carts, and we were left awe-struck by the gorgeous window displays up and down 5th Avenue. I’d like to mention that we always try to take our kids to a museum whenever we travel. More often than not, museums have kid-friendly activities which is how we usually begin our visit. MOMA has a lovely “art lab” where our girls created a few art pieces of their own before exploring the museum with coloring pages and an art treasure hunt. My oldest daughter discovered a Jackson Pollock painting which is strikingly similar to the one in our Olivia book! I couldn’t believe she made the connection since we haven’t read that book in a while. What an amazing experience for her to see this piece of art up close.

I can’t quite describe the feeling I have while up in that treehouse on the Sprout float. There’s adrenaline pumping through my veins and excitement beaming from my heart. It is borderline overwhelming to see and share this experience with over 3 million people. I love seeing families come together and share this annual tradition with us. Sometimes I see 3 generations of families sitting together, keeping warm, pointing at the balloons and floats while we wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving!

I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this little story of mine. I hope it’s inspired you to feel a little extra thankful for your blessings today as it has me.

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