That was Diego’s reaction to the Christmas tree this morning.  His exact line was “Wow, a Christmas tree!”  Too cute!

We finally got around putting the tree up last night.  We always do but this year was so worth it with the reaction Diego had. *sigh*

Festival of Lights ’07…

It is beginning to look like Christmas…

It was a cold and blustery night. It was slightly drizzling. But that not keep us away from attending the annual Festival of Lights parade. It was us three, Maggie and her boyfriend Eddie. We were all huddling to we can keep warm.

We were at the end of the route. I *heart* that area because 1) there isn’t that many people, 2) we are right in front of the fireworks and 3) we a few blocks away from the parking garage which makes a quick getaway.

The bad thing about being at the end is we have to wait a good 45 minutes before the parade gets there. But we still have fun waiting.. Eddie was not properly dressed which I had told Maggie to dress warmly. Men!

Finally we saw the parade cross the Michigan Ave. bridge and a few minutes we saw Mickey. How exciting!!! Diego was waving to anyone. He really enjoyed it. Besides Mickey, we saw Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. There was helium snowflakes and ornaments. There were a couple of bands (one of them was UIC‘s). And there was even Corbin Blue from High School Musical was there (haven’t seen these movies yet but you should have seen the teeny boppers and their moms screaming at him).

The parade hadn’t even finished when the fireworks went off. They had some really cool fireworks these year. Finally Santa came by. Diego waved and waved. Got to love it! The fireworks finished and it was time to get out of the cold and back home.

Only 7 more days until our Disney Vacation. 🙂

I heart my iPod Shuffle…

Due to a nice gift from the IL’s, I was able to get what I wanted for Christmas early.  I can’t wait to start running with my cool iPod Shuffle.  It is so small.  It only fits 240 songs but what more can I ask for since I only run less that 30 minutes at a time right now. =D  My coworker gave me a set of silcone skins for it so it now has five different outfits. =)

Santa Visit…

Eric took Diego to see Santa today.  Unfortunately, I could not make it since I was at work.  He was a very good boy.  He did not cry at all.  Here is the end result.  He looks tired in the picture and he is sucking on his bottom lip but that is okay.  He still looks really cute! (This is a picture of a picture.  Need to scan this somehow!)
Diego and Santa

Holiday Magic…

We went to check out Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic today. It was a cool 42 degrees with a slight breeze. A good night to go check the event.

When we got there, there was a leopard, a monkey and a wolf. He waived hello to the first two animals. We saw the other one in passing.

I checked the map to see what time the laser show started. The next one started at 5:30 which we only had to wait for 10 minutes. It was a cute show but it was not very impressive. Glad to know that we only waited 10 minutes for it. While walking around, we contemplated what to do next.

So we went to check out the dolphins. Since there were stairs to get to the viewing windows, I stayed behind and watch both of them go get a closer look. There were three swimming around! You can tell there was a baby dolphin in there. Diego squealed with delight. It was really cute.

So from there, we went to the Swamp. It was kinda dark in there since it was late and they turned off the lights so the animals can go to sleep. I don’t know how since there were lots of people checking them out. We saw wood storks, a crocodile, turtles, otters and a salamander. Diego was mesmerized by the otter that was swimming around.

From there we walked by the bears. We almost walked by the brown bear exhibit since he wasn’t out yet. But he made an appearance. Then we saw a polar bear. The carolers were singing to him. Kinda interesting since the polar bear looked like he was sleeping (or maybe he was just bored!). =)

Then we started to walk back to the car. We checked out the many Christmas trees they had. It was beautiful. Lots and lots of lights. You could see Diego checking everything out. Even the gross snow.

We were really only there for about one hour. It was dark, cold and it was almost time for Diego to go to bed.

As we walked by the main fountain, Eric captured the moment at the end.
Diego and mommy!

Festival Of Lights 2006…

I had just found out yesterday it was going to happen today.

Every year, there isThe Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue. The parade starts from Oak Street to Wacker Drive.

The weather was cooperating. It was in the mid 40s and not too windy. We were hoping that it would not rain since we kept feeling drops here and there. We were wondering if Diego would get into it just like us. Eric is not a big fan of parades but this one is short and sweet. Plus, at the end of the parade there is a huge firework display so that is always a plus. We saw Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Pluto, Goofy and Chip & Dale. Diego kept pointing at everything. The fireworks were awesome.

I can’t wait to take Diego to Disney!