Stone Mountain Lights
The week before Christmas, before we packed our car full of bags, presents, and loads of toddler paraphenalia, before we visited Jeremy’s family, and before any redneck photos, we had a sleepover with Cole.
Cole Baby is my sister’s seven year old. And he just so happens to be Will’s most favoritest person in the whole wide world. The kid is obsessed.
Like if Will was Whitney in 1996, Cole would be his drug of choice. I’m not saying anything. Except crack is whack y’all.
Seriously though…Will loves him some Gouk (rhymes with look). Yup. That was what he called Cole. Gouk. Funny considering he called himself Mumbles. Mumbles and Gouk…sounds like characters in the Lion King or something, doesn’t it? Well, these two crazy boys were itchin’ to get outta the house so we decided to squeeze in a little Christmas-time activity and drive around for some lights.
We ended up deciding to drive all the way to Stone Mountain to see if our neighbor’s claims were correct – that it was a Must-See!
Snowflake lane was short and sweet…dripping lights hung overhead as we played holiday music in the car and looped around a couple times to really soak it in.
And when we got inside (somehow I think we got in for free…there was nobody taking tickets or checking bracelets or anything so we assumed…later on, we found out that if you come during the day, they ask for adventure passes – oops!)…so when we got in, and started seeing the glow, well, we got REALLY excited.
(psst…all these photos were with the iphone…in case you couldn’t tell…so excuse the craziness)
Literally just walls and walls of lights. Giddy doesn’t even start to describe how I felt. It was like I fell into Santa’s workshop and Rudolph was serving me hot chocolate with his snowy little hooves.
It was probably the first cold night we’ve had here…I even made Will wear a jacket and we had hats and gloves. Isn’t it crazy how bundling up makes you feel a little more like it’s Christmas?
Cole was showing me his favorite ornament. obviously he was showing it to me really fast
Cole is picky about eating certain stuff…yup he’s that age…so when we got to the candy store, we told him that he could pick out some candy for him and Will. He asked “any candy? from the store or the buffet?” Yes…a perfect description…a candy buffet. Put that on my bucket list
$7 and 3 ounces of candy later (that’s a racket I tell ya!), we settled in right in the middle of the ‘square’ for gummy bears and chewy cherry colas and a few golden coins that had chocolate inside.
Cole took this photo. And yes, that is a backhand I am getting to the face.
A group shot
After a little walking around – only to see the lights because a certain somebody was too antsy to sit and watch any of the shows…and I’m not talking about the children – we found ourselves behind the giant lighted Christmas tree. Why? Who knows. But Cole sat down “to take a break from all this sightseeing” and Will ran over and posed like this. it lasted a good ten seconds. Jer and I were dying laughing. My baby is soo gangsta.
Me and the boys in front of the tree.
Dontcha just love it when they wrap the trees all the way to the top with lights? Knowing me, I would do that and then one little light would go out and the whole thing would be dead. Yeah. I’ll stick to seeing other’s people’s lighted trees just for my sanities sake.
I brought candy canes for the boys…but Cole then told me that he doesn’t like candy canes unless they are Starburst kind…because the minty kind burns his mouth More for me, I guess!
And yes, that is a slobbery collar on Will. He is teething (Lord help us) and poor thing had four teeth coming in…so whenever he doesn’t have the paci, he chews on his collar. This is a very rare instance where we took the paci out in a place where it could get very very lost. Thankfully we came home with it. But heaven help us if it ever got lost…I am not ready for that bridge just yet.
What a fun fun night. I love things like that…just strolling around…grabbing some treats for the occasion…sightseeing local attractions…holding colds fingers and soaking in holiday cheer. I think they were right when they said the best things in life are free. Free if you get past the gate and have seven dollars for candy that is Next year I want to go to Lake Lanier’s Magical Lights…or whatever it’s called…I’ve heard it’s fantastic. Anyone else go see some lights this year? Tell me all about it!