Light Parade

Merry Monday, friends!

On Saturday night, we attended our town’s annual Christmas Light Parade…and I have lots of pictures to prove it.ย  I just LOVE this time of year!!!

When we walked up, her eyes got so big!ย  So many friends plus family plus Christmas-y cheer!ย  Woohoo!

My parents love to come up for this occasion too!ย  Side note, my mom told my dad that if something ever happens to her and he needs to date again, he’s going to need to lose the hat. Bahahahahaha!

Madeley waddled over for Ms. Meagan to pick her up ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Ah!ย  I love these friends of mine!! (Narci, Andrea, Amanda and Erika)

I love my friends (and their families) so much!!

Between my dad and Willow, I don’t know who is funnier?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Samuel was so excited to be at the parade too!!

She was a BIG fan of her necklace!!

The Lowes always enjoy the fun in McKinney too!

I personally love his hat ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย  (But I bought it for him, so maybe that’s why ๐Ÿ˜‰ ?)ย  (And pssst: my scarf is HERE.)

Narci kept saying she couldn’t hear us!ย  Ha!ย  Her ears were warm though!

And this right here is why I don’t have pictures of Smith.ย  Sigh.ย  When I said “smile”, he and Nixon tackled each other.

Madeley basically walked from person to person to be picked up and snuggled.

A good view for people watching ๐Ÿ™‚ .

And then the parade began!!

Just one fun float after another!

I spy Samuel ๐Ÿ™‚ .

This time, Madeley is sitting in Kensington’s lap ๐Ÿ™‚ .


And then she made her way over to one of the McAnally’s chairs.ย  That float was a bit loud for her ๐Ÿ˜‰ .


Santa arrived at the end…

…and the kids were PUMPED!!


It was such a special night!

Filled with our favorite people.

We’re so happy we live in McKinney, TX. xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 11, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Wow, I wish there was a light parade where I live. It looks like such a festive beautiful event. The kids look so happy too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Sarah December 11, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Love your town!!! Also so wonderful being surrounded with family and all of your best friends!!!

  • Sheaffer Sims December 11, 2017 at 5:19 am

    So, these pictures are making a VERY strong case for me to abandon my hatred of a parade!!! #maybenextyear Oh, and I love that you said Madeley “waddled” over. I could watch that girl waddle all day long.

  • Erika Slaughter December 11, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Next time I’m hiring you to be my McKinney parade photographer! I think I came home with three pictures! Ha! But…one of my favorite nights of the year! So. Much. Fun!!!!!

  • Amy Heinl December 11, 2017 at 5:37 am

    What great pictures…I love Ashby face went she spots the Santa float. Such treasured memories

  • Kim December 11, 2017 at 5:58 am

    What a fun, festive town! It sounds like it would be hard NOT to be in the Christmas spirit living in a town like McKinney! Our holiday parade in November got rained out this year and that’s about all they ever plan โ˜น๏ธ

  • Elspeth Mizner December 11, 2017 at 6:11 am

    So fun!! I love all the activities in McKinney! What a great place for your children to grow up! Loved seeing your videos from that night.

  • Narci Dreffs December 11, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Oh, what a fun night!! And, you are right–I couldn’t hear a darn thing all night long! But, my ears were warm and toasty! Hahaha!

  • Mary Woods December 11, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Great pictures! What color lipstick are you wearing? Itโ€™s the perfect color! Thank you!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 6:36 am

      That new Laura Mercier one I blogged about last Friday!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life December 11, 2017 at 7:03 am

    What a fun night!!! wish our town did a lights parade!

  • Erin Port December 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    So fun, what a sweet night to share with your friends and family ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo ERIN

  • Angela Ellingson December 11, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Yay! This is one tradition our city does, too! So fun! And I just love your dad!

  • Mary Martha Scrivener December 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Where did you get your Dadโ€™s hat?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Eddie Bauer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paula Hawthorne December 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    So much fun!

  • Kelly December 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I followed along with all the McKinney girls on Instagram Saturday night:). Such a fun parade and even more fun when friends and family are involved. Happy Monday, Shay!

  • Leslie December 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    So fun! Where did you find Ashby’s fawn fur coat???

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      When we were in Park City last year.

  • Jessica Dunnihoo December 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

    My husband has a hat very similar to your dad’s and he wears it all. The. Time. In the winter. Sigh. We call him Uncle Eddie. And I bought one for my eight year old son and he actually just wore it to school this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‚ The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  • Mary C December 11, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I fully support your dad wearing that hat!!

  • Deb Weber December 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Your shot of the kids when Santa arrived is great–their eyes tell it all. The Christmas light necklaces are adorable. Where did you get them?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      I don’t know? Andrea brought them!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick December 11, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Can’t stop laughing at Willow in the pic with your dad!! hahaha. Such a fun night! That Inspired Chick

  • Rebecca Smith December 11, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Where is your puffer from? I need a good winter coat! Thanks

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm


  • Michelle December 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    How fun! McKinney just seems like THE perfect town!! I love it! I’m all for festivities like this that bring the community together. It makes my small town heart swell. I had to laugh at the picture of Madeley and your dad- Sean in the background looks sooo mad! Haha!!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} December 11, 2017 at 9:28 am

    So much fun!! I know one activity I’m adding to our calendar next year!!!

  • Carla Hohmann December 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hey Shay!! Looks like a really fun time. Always love your pictures and reading your blog!! Thank you. Also a quick question…. the boots your wearing who makes them? Theyโ€™re super cute!!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Ugg! At Nordstrom!

      • Carla Hohmann December 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        Thank you!!

  • Amy December 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Hi Shay! Where is Ashby’s red hat from?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm


  • Courtney December 11, 2017 at 10:08 am

    So much fun! What is the puffer jacket you are wearing?

  • Nikki - Speak at Home Tonight December 11, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Hi Shay!! Iโ€™m a Polish-American polyglot and the founder of Speak at Home Tonight. I wanted to share with you the 2017 Holiday Polyglot Video! How to say Merry Christmas in TWENTY languages (including Chinese):

    I thought your kids and their friends might enjoy learning along! All the best to you and yours <3

  • Megan December 11, 2017 at 10:59 am

    It’s so much more fun jammed in a crowd with loved ones! Also I love how Madeley is being held by someone different from her tribe in every picture.

  • Kasey Langhofer December 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    What black puffer jacket are you and your mom wearing!?

  • Remah Franco December 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I want a necklace just like Ashby’s!!! So festive! Where can I find one?

    • Mix and Match Mama December 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      We bought it at a flea market ๐Ÿ™‚ .

      • Sarah December 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        Didnt you say Andrea brought them? I think she mentioned Amazon??

  • Alexis deZayas December 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    So much fun!! This time of year is the best!

  • Danya December 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Your Northern Minnesota reader always chuckles at how bundled up you guys get in Texas ๐Ÿ˜‚ you guys rock that winter attire in those spring temps though! Cute hats and scarves

  • Nancy December 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Where is your cute red beanie from?? You’ve got me addicted to that perfect Christmas red this year

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Gap ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie Allred December 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Your dadโ€™s hat is the best!

  • Ann Marie Tennison December 12, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Wasn’t it so much fun?!?! The only thing that could have made it better would have been our crew snuggled up next to you guys!! I think the bubble “snow” made the night that much more perfect!

  • Shannon Carrillo December 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Curious how you manage the little ones’ bedtimes with fun evening activities? We have a 9 month old, and it’s hard to balance getting her to bed on time and getting to do fun, festive activities like this!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

      We try to be flexible this time of year. That being said, we saw Santa at 4:00, then ate an early dinner and were home by 6:30 ๐Ÿ™‚ .