You light up my life!

It’s definitely Christmas time in the  city!

There are always neat things to see and do even in the chilly temperatures.  One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to head down  to the zoo for the lights.

I have been taking my son to zoo lights since he was about 3 years old and he is now 13. 10 years later I am surprised that he still wants to go with me being as I am way not cool anymore! chaaaa!

Tickets are pretty cheap, at 10 bucks a pop along with free parking included you really can’t go wrong.  You can buy your tickets at the zoo entrance or at your local Calgary Co-op. If you buy your tickets in advance this means less freezing your buns off in the purchase ticket line. * highly recommend this*

The zoo also provides strategically placed fires so you can de-thaw your tooties and ruby-red thighs. And while you are thawing out you might as well grab a cup of hot coco for a small price of a frozen child. The kids also get a chance to meet and have a personal chitty -chat with Santa himself via north pole magic! Uber exciting!

The zoo really knows how to showcase some really neat light creations. From tree swinging monkeys, to flowers and bugs, to candy cane lane, to swirlies and stars to a whole whack more. They even have the atrium all decked out holiday style. This is another warm place to thaw out as you take advantage of the pretty photo-op settings.

All in all it was a great night. I seem to be cherishings our outings a little bit more now that he is older. The days when he was small and clung to my hand oooing and awing over the lights are sadly over and now we have moved onto the don’t touch my hair stage *sigh* LOL

I never get tired of seeing all the colored lights light up the sky and feeling the magic of Christmas.

Happy winter wonderlanding!

The jolly man is coming and I am not ready yet!

Shopping what’s shopping??? baw humbug

It’s a week and a half away from Christmas and the fat man is probably still stuffing his face with short bread and tarts while I have yet to start my shopping. Every year I seem to leave it later and later. This year is different from the normal excuse as I am lazy and don’t want to get trampled by Christmas shopping crazies! This year it is based on money. Not that money has not been an issue in the past it’s just this year I have to budget a bit more than normal.

I started a new job which I am surprising enjoying *gasp* Shocking I know! So because the money is not up to what I am use to I have had to be a bit more cha-ching conscious. Which is tickety-boo and peachy keen. However it’s just leaving me behind the 8 ball a wee little bit.

THE PLAN OF ATTACK:

1. Payday on Thursday = money in the bank

2. Hitting the mall running with my shoulders pads and helmet

3. Trying to avoid injury from last-minute mall crazies

4. Successfully getting MOST or ALL  of my shopping done in one night..sounds impossible?..well, yes it just might be.

5. Paying a brownie or a scout to professionally wrap my present’s  for a small donation

6. A sigh of relief knowing my shopping is completed and as a bonus I lived!

7. Celebrating with a small dance and Starbucks eggnog latte!

After my list is done I shall place all my presents under neath our new fake tree and sleep.

So that is my list of Christmas to do’s and I hope that I don’t come away all bloody and dismembered!

Ho Ho Ho !