City of Lights

The other day (a great way to start a post) I was thinking that it would be fun to pile the kids into the ‘Burban’  – as Soph calls our Suburban –  and drive around and look at some Christmas lights in the city.  And then lo and behold, our neighbours from down the street handed us an invite for that very thing!   Except they had chartered a city bus – because the city buses just so happen to do a Christmas lights tour –  and they had invited all the bus-stop friends and some school friends to come along!   How awesome is that?     So last night saw me feeding the kids early and heading down to our neighbours where we had some treats and hot chocolate and chatted with friends while we were waiting for the buses.  Except Jason wasn’t there.   He was trying to finish up and clean-up a job so a client could use her kitchen for the weekend.   I was bummed but couldn’t argue with that (poor woman) but still sad that he couldn’t come and that I would be stuck watching 4 kids on a crowded bus all by myself.

As it turned out though, there were so many friends there that it didn’t matter about the kids.  William went to sit with his friends and Erik found an old friend and so it wasn’t that big of a deal, and then  just as we were pulling away Jason said that he was on his way home.  Well as it turned out we had the nicest bus driver in the world as she said she would be willing to pick Jason up if he could meet us.   So as we were circling our beautifully decorated down-town park,  we saw Jason, he parked, we circled again and picked up him!    It was a Christmas miracle.    The kids were very happy to see their daddy and I was glad to see him too and pass a sleepy Sophia over to her daddy.

Wow, there are so amazing light displays in our city.  And some whole streets that compete with each other and are just beautiful and amazing.   We decided that our street needs to ramp up our Christmas spirit and our hydro bills next year and turn some lights on!   And perhaps get on the tour ourselves, which would see numerous city buses each night driving by our houses… hmmm.. .we might have to rethink that one.

I of course wish I had pictures to share, but silly me didn’t bring my camera… well technically I guess I was silly to not have had a charged battery in my camera – if I had I would have brought it.  Oh well.   You’ll just have to imagine lots of brightly lit houses with all sorts of decorations – my favourite was a snowman made out 3 different size tires painted white.  I am totally going to get Jason to make us one of those for next year!

So another wonderful Christmas night.      And it’s been a good week.  I went with Will’s class to our Local Pioneer village for his  field trip on Monday which I LOVED.  (I would like to volunteer there some day.)   It was so nice and Christmasy (even though it poured rain) and as I love historical things it was really cool to see how people used to live.  Belive me, after seeing the tiny cabin that the settlers to Canada first lived in, it makes you extremely grateful for what we have and how we are able to live now.  God has been incredibly merciful towards us and I’m so blessed to spend this Christmas with indoor plumbing and central heating!  Not to mention electricity.

As well this week this week the neighbourhood mom’s came here for our annual Christmas tea.  The 20 kids that were here ran around like hooligans over the house, while us moms sat around and ate delicious food and drank tea through the noise.     A wonderful time.

So now I find myself on  Saturday, with a clean house and nothing pressing to do at the moment.   I have enough baking – I can’t wrap presents with kids awake and so I get to enjoy myself for a bit and think about Christmas memories we’ve made already and Christmas yet to come!

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Update –   A picture!  My neighbour sent this to me, she got this pic of Erik and her twins at a stop where the bus driver kindly let us off to stretch our legs… aren’t the lights amazing?

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