The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Within in the past two weeks, I have had the priveledge of riding in two Christmas parades. The first one occured in Arkadelphia, AR. The weather was wonderful and they had a great turn out. I even saw my little sister from the Big Brother, Big Sister Program in the crowd!

Waiting for the parade to start in Arkdelphia!

The second parade was in Osceola, AR. I first met with Tim, Ben, Madison, and Ms. Missy for chili at the annual Chili Cook-Off in Osceola. The chili was delicious and I was able to meet lots of great people from the community. Tim mentioned that the Miss Cotton Belle pageant will be April 2 at the Osceola High School. I am looking forward to meeting once again with my pageant family!

Chili with Madison... yummy!

I noticed this boy was looking at Madison and I throughout dinner.

He finally got enough courage to ask if he could take a picture with us! Too cute!

After supper, we got in line for the Christmas parade. Mddison and I got to ride together as Ms. Missy drove us. We got to the first block, and realized that all children were much more interested in "SpongeBob" who walked behind our car than they were excited to see us. We would see little kids waving and we would wave back. Then the kid would turn to their parent and say, "Do you see SpongeBob?!" Haha, it was quite comical!

I also really enjoyed spending time with Madison! I always forget what an awesome and mature young girl she is, and how much I enjoy being around her. We got to catch up and laugh a little. She is planning on attending the University of Arkansas in the fall where she will play in the marching band and major in architecture. I am so fond of Madison and the example that she sets. She is a beautiful, caring, and intelligent young woman that will definitely make an impact for the better on this world!

In the car, ready for the parade to start!


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