Saturday, February 8, 2014

Captain's Log...Day...Holy crap I went to The "A Christmas Story" House!

Yesterday I was a bundle of nerves as I prepared to take the public access test with Oreo. Our test was scheduled for 11:30. We arrived at the mall about fifteen minutes early just to make sure Oreo was calm and I felt confident handling her. I needn't have worried. We passed without any problems and graduated yesterday afternoon.

Team Tess and Oreo is official!




                                           

But the REAL news, the mega, awesome, incredible news is that I made a pilgrimage to my Holy Land. My Mecca. One of the top things on my bucket list (hey, don't judge me).

I went to see, in person, the place where THE BEST, HANDS DOWN, Christmas movie was made. I went to the....dun dun dunnnn...

A Christmas Story House!!

Squeeeeee! *jumps up and down while screaming like a lunatic*

You guys, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Complete with, wait for it, a GIFT SHOP!

Double squeee!!

After I spent an undisclosed amount of money at the gift shop, and had paid homage at the A Christmas Story museum, I bought my ticket, gripped it tightly in my shaking with excitement hands, and stepped up on to hallow ground as I made my way up the front steps to wait in line for the next tour. My heart was racing. I felt feverish with Christmas glee.

I was about to enter Ralphie's house. It was then that I heard it. Almost as if God himself wanted me to have the full A Christmas Story experience. The sounds of dogs barking.

BUMPESSES!! I shook my fist in the air and cried out.

I. was. in. Heaven.

Then, the door swung open and we were welcomed inside. There are no words that can possibly do justice to my emotions so I am going to let my photos tell the rest of the story. Suffice it to say, I have been on a natural high all afternoon, The high that only those of us special enough to understand the full glory of that wondrous movie, A Christmas Story, will ever get to experience. And it was awesome.

And no, I didn't shoot my eye out.

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Lifebuoy...Blech!

Ralphie and Randy's bedroom


Look magazine like the one Ralphie plants the Red Ryder Ad in.

He learned it from YOUR SON!

It's an Official  Red Ryder BB gun with carbine action and a compass in the stock!

love it!

It's a blue ball!

The Old Mans' chair

Oh yes I did re-enact the famous, "show mommy how the piggies eat" scene! 

The turkey!


It's a MAJOR AWARD!

It's GLORIOUS! It reminds me of the fourth of July!

Tree complete with bent over star topper

living roo 

Frageelay, must be italian!

The alleyway where Ralphie dreams of shooting the bad guys with his trusty Red Ryder

The back yard where he almost shot his eye out



4 comments:

  1. So happy for you Joanna!!!!! :)

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  2. ...SO LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, JOANNA OSGOOD REIDY HAD HER OWN "MAKE A WISH" COME TRUE! OHIO IS THE STATE WHERE DREAMS CAME TRUE FOR A COUPLE OF OUR REIDY GIRLS WHO ARE BOTH SO DESERVING! <3 <3



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  3. What's A Christmas Story?

    Phil

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  4. I've never seen the movie, but if it makes you this happy, I'll have to give it a try! :)So glad you passed the test!

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