We took the kidlets to see Santa today. It was a trip to the mall full of good memories for our family. I know the kidlets are little but I still think seeing Santa is a must do before Chistmas, I mean a way higher priority then say getting my Christmas tree up (seriously, maybe we'll do it this weekend.)
Hmmm...well let's see, first off it snowed about 4 inches here last night and this morning we had lots more snow, slush and all the other messiness that comes with snow, Ewww. Aside from the snow craziness, we found a parking spot pretty quick and hurried to bundle the kids up to race into the mall. The first 'memory maker' that happens not even 1 minute after we started to walk through the parking lot was Noah falling flat, face first in all the slush and muck. We picked him up and his face and coat and pants were dripping and covered in yuck! Good times. Not only was he upset, he was cold and wet too and we had no other clothes to put him in. Alas, once we were inside and had him take his coat off he was fine, wet pants and all. It was devine intervention that we happened to come in the doors closest to the kiddie playland. Thank goodness...not the best start to happy smiling pictures for Santa Claus, although this gave Clif and I lots to laugh about (after the fact) during our trip in mall insanity.
So, off to see Santa. I had been preparing Noah for Santa earlier this morning so he wouldn't be freaked. I told him, 'He'll be sitting in a big chair wearing a red and white suit'. 'You get to sit on his lap with Baby (Penny)'. 'He'll say "HO HO HO!"' 'He'll ask what you want for Christmas'. Noah's reply (he had thought about this for a while) 'a sled' and 'the Mickey Mouse Choo Choo Movie'...I totally am loving the fact that he only wants two things for Christmas, that's my boy! 'Then, he'll ask if you have been good. Have you?'
Noah and Penny actually seemed excited when they saw him from the line. It was really cute. And then, as we moved closer in line and it was finally our turn to sit in Santa's lap...Noah actually did it, he was so excited to sit in his lap! He was soooo cute. He answered all of Santa's questions, told him what he wanted and that he had been a good boy and EVEN gave him two, count 'em TWO high fives!! So absolutely adorable! Penny on the other hand was more like, 'who is this guy and why are you leaving me with him?' There was even a picture from the Santa photographer that had her reaching out for us with that 'don't leave me' terror in her eyes. No crying though, yeah!!
Here are some of the pictures from our trip to see the Man in Red:
Noah was lovin' the experience...Penny, not so much!
(Are ya seeing the wet pants!?!)
Schmoozin' with the Big Guy.
Pretzels?...Ok, now I'll smile for ya.
I hope your trip to see Santa is full of fun memories for your family!
HO HO HO!!!!