The first morning in California with Kina has traditionally been a real doozy, usually starting at 4 AM and requiring our full attention and commitment. It’s hard for us to stay asleep, too, of course, but we know better than to succumb to the instinct to get up and play with toys. This year is better than all previous years combined—not because she woke up any later today, which she did not, but because she didn’t come get us. We mainly laid here in the dark, listening to her sing Disney tunes and whack on a carpentry set, grateful that we didn’t have to entertain her for once. Things do get better, as it turns out.
So, this is the Parade. As you can see, it is Califo(r)nia themed. It was originally meant to read “CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME PARADE”
but this is also the Parade, or not the Parade, because Kina decided there wasn’t enough California in this one. They’re both stamped with the official date on the back. Today, there will be two.