I have very fond childhood memories of the holidays. Decorating the Christmas tree with Mom the day after Thanksgiving, my Dad hanging the Noel sign he made between our towering house columns, driving around looking at Christmas lights, Christmas eve mass and coming home to put out the luminaries to light Santa’s way. Then, Christmas morning waking up to my Dad BLASTING Christmas music on the stereo and Mom’s monkey bread baking in the oven.
When I think of all of these things they bring a smile to my face and ever since Lucas was born, I have, like any parent, wanted to create our own special memories; memories that he will take with him and instill in his own family.
Sometimes, my ideas totally back fire. Like the time we took him to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. It is the perfect size zoo for toddlers and he was more interested in pushing his stroller and looking at water than the animals themselves. Making memories bubble busted.
As moms, I think sometimes we live in the utopia of “Oh my child is sooooo going to dig this activity and I am going to be the best Mom in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!! Total world domination. And then, reality hits… your kid is just not interested.
Or maybe… just maybe… he had an absolute blast, just not the way I had envisioned it in my head. Regardless, I move forward with creating magical moments for my little sweet potato.
Like many cities across the nation, Austin has one holiday tradition involving lights. Lots and lots of Christmas lights. I was sooooo excited to take Lucas this year, as he’s the perfect age to start experiencing (and understand) the magic of Christmas!
Austin’s Trail of Lights began as a small gathering called “Yule Fest” in 1965. It was a gift to the city of Austin from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The Trail of Lights has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the unique spirit and people that make Austin, Austin. Over the past 52 years, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays and 2 million lights and holiday activities.
The trail is free through Friday, December 16th and then the admission is only $3.00. Be sure to check the website here for details on tickets, parking and shuttle service as roads are extremely congested and/or closed around Zilker park.
We had such a great time! Here are a few of my favorites from the night:
We totally need to work on our selfie game!
Some of my favorite lines from the night:
- “Whoa Mom look at that!”
- “This is SO cool!”
- “This is awesome!”
- “Mom, Mom, Mom, MOM look!”
- “Daddy, I wanna ride the ferries wheel. Please Daddy please!”
Great family memories.