Last night we all took a trip to the James Island Festival Of Lights. It's a really beautiful light display that even makes us adults feel happy inside. They have a little train ride around the park, fire pits to roast marshmallows and Santa to go visit and take pictures with. We decided to go on a Tuesday evening to avoid crowds and it also happened to be very cold for here in SC, around 34 degrees. We bundled the kids up and headed on out there despite the cold. There was no wind, so it wasn't too bad at all!
I spent most of the time just watching the kids and seeing their faces light up looking at everything. When we roasted the marshmallows they acted as if it was the best treat they have ever had. As we walked through the paths of the park, their eyes sparkled as we passed the displays. They would point out the different lights with such excitement. We all walked over to see Santa. The older 3 boys were so excited and jumped right onto his lap to tell him the 1 thing they all really wanted for Christmas. Cameron wants a real jet pack of course!
After visiting Santa, we took the train ride through the park and the kids were the most excited I've seen them in a very long time. All 5 of them had smiles on their faces and they looked all around at everything in amazement. Zayne kept telling me he loves me and smiling at everything. Cameron kept pointing out displays to me and Wyatt did the same with Tony. Alex sat quiet with a big smile on his face taking it all in. Annabella kept laughing and giving daddy kisses. In those moments I realized this is what it really is all about. We were together, enjoying the sites as a family. We were all happy and carefree. For those moments none of us had any worries. We were all just happy to be there with each other, happy to see all of the beautiful lights and for that time feeling the magic of the season that us adults often leave forgotten in our childhood. We were all just happy and content. Our children make Christmas exciting for us every year. We love to see them excited about the lights, the decorations and the music.
Last night, my husband and I saw the season through our children's eyes. It was beautiful. Their innocents is inspiring.