Tonight, we took the girls for our annual drive through the Christmas Lights at Candy Cane Lane – a neighborhood near us that goes CRAZY with their lights every year! We usually drive through the neighborhood for a bit, and then park and walk the streets until everyone is too cold to stand it anymore. Yes, I realize that “too cold” in Southern California means 55 degrees. What can I say, we’re raising some California girls. 🙂
This was Ellie’s first trip (unless you count last year when I was pregnant!) – so her big sisters were especially excited to show her all the lights!
I can’t remember how many years we’ve been doing this little trip – I am thinking this is our sixth year? I especially remember the year when Violet was born because she was just a few weeks old when we took her. And then last year, I was so pregnant with Ellie I had to stay in the car the whole time.
We decided to go tonight because it’s a week night (less crowded) – and the closer you get to Christmas, the more crowded it gets. Even though it was a Wednesday night on a school night, the Lane was still hopping! We usually go a little earlier in December, but this year we didn’t because we all had the flu. Next year, I’ll try to make sure we all don’t have the flu so we can go earlier. Haha.
Most of the pictures I took tonight are on the “big” camera – which I haven’t transferred to the computer yet. These are a few snaps I took on my phone, of course! I had to laugh when I saw these pictures of Mr. M carrying Ellie in my sweater. He was wearing a pull-over, so we switched sweaters to keep Ellie warm. I think he looks a little like Mr. Rogers. 🙂
This is me earlier in the day, taken in the mirror at Gymnastics. I usually walk outside the building (where it’s chilly) until she falls asleep for her one short nap of the day. I wrap her in my sweater to keep her nice and snug. Function over fashion, I guess you could say!
Anyhoo – after Candy Cane Lane, we stopped at In ‘N Out and picked up dinner – came home and had a nice little family meal around the table. Then, Mr. M, Ginger, and Paprika all networked their devices together to play Minecraft. Paprika is building a replica of Disneyland in Minecraft, and so they were all pitching in to help. I guess this is the 21st century version of all playing a board game together.