Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!! Huge white flakes are falling, and the ground and rooftops are covered…it’s really beautiful. Of course, though, the snow chooses today… Now, yesterday, Kiki and I were holed up at home doing tasks and fun things around the house, and today’s plan was to go out and finish all the Christmas shopping…Ha!! Around here, people seem to forget from year to year how to drive in the snow. It’s insane, really. I last heard there were over 20 accidents today – and that was at 2pm… just wait until the after-work-traffic begins! We did get quite a bit done, but we needed to make a run over to the mall area (traffic central) and I opted out of that little trip. Tonight we have plans to go to the local Botanical Gardens, as they do this great Christmas light decorating, have big fires burning, and it’s just beautiful. Tonight Santa will be there, and that particular one is Kiki’s favorite. It is on the totally opposite end of the valley, however, so I’m not sure what we’ll actually do.
Update ~ Well, we did go to the "Garden Aglow" and here I am typing, so it seems we made it there and back in one piece. Alan agreed that it is one of our important traditions, so we needed to go. It was so beautiful, with all the thousands of lights strung about, and really, the snow added so much to the night…it really couldn’t have been nicer. Kiki sat on Santa’s lap (she’s a funny one, knowing the truth but also, loving the mystery – or, not taking any chances?) They also had a reindeer there, but the line to "pat him" was waaay longer than the Santa line had been; Kiki said "it’s okay mom, I know I will get to pat Prancer when Santa comes Christmas eve" then, whispering to me… "Mom? I know I probably won’t really get to pat Prancer on Christmas eve, but is it okay if I tell you on Christmas morning that I did?" She is so sweet. Did you notice she said she "probably" wouldn’t get to pat Prancer? Like, there might be a chance – you never know!!