Yep, today we went and saw Santa Clause.
So magical is Santa Clause that when I told Maggie a trip was imminent, and that the ONLY way we could see Santa was if her hair was done. She sweetly, and happily replied "ok Mommy, I want one big pony in the back." And glory be and praise to the highest hair god, I got her hair done with nary a cry.
Got all three kids dressed, looking cute, hair done, clothes on my ever growing keister and out the door we went.
Where do you go to find Santa? The Mall?
Not I, not now. We headed straight for Bass Pro Shops people. Yeah, so what there are dead animals flanking him and Santa wears cowboy boots and doesn't have glasses. Details, MINOR details when we're talkin FREE pics and all the time in the world for ME to take my own, and or take three different shots. PLUS, they have things for the kids to play with, not the least of which are giant arctic cat CARS that they think are super fun to sit in.
This would be me FAILING!
I accept fully that photography, especially with my dumb point and click is NOT my forte in life. Try as I might, I just suck.
Anyway....you wanna see the Santa shots, right? Right, of course you do. So now, for your viewing pleasure, I'm gonna give you a retrospective. Santa visits for the last 3 years. Shut it, you KNOW you're excited.
Maggie was 5 mos. old here and I was sure the cutest baby ever.
We had just had our first official family pictures taken at Sears (I feel so ghetto even saying that out loud), then walked down to meet Santa.
I sort of felt like I'd finally arrived to "real" life.
AND, this is when the mall still let you take your OWN picture and not have to pay the absurdly high price of 17 bucks FOR.A.PICTURE!
Don't judge that my scanning job is completely askew. I could NOT get it in straight.
Max is a whopping 2 mos. old here and NONE to happy to be sitting with Old St. Nick. Maggie was thinking about it. I really do LOVE that Santa.
Our first attempt at the ol' Bass Pro.
Max again was NOT having it. Perhaps it was the creepy dead reindeer to his right? He's such a Mamas boy. Wuss. I do really wish they'd take the pictures vertically. But hey...FREE.
At least the picture quality has improved since last year.
I love that Maggie looks like she could give a flying rats, and Max looks like he's a touch "special" if ya know what I mean. BUT, the best part was, Max put his arms out to Santa to be picked up. He didn't cry, he was happy to see him. AND, this Santa was sooo sweet. He talked so sweetly to the kids and gave them little hugs and I really liked him. Even if he didn't wear glasses.
I included the pic of Brooklyn because she looks so cute.
Before she went up she said to me, "I'm gonna be just a little bit shy with him." Which is funny, since there is NOTHING shy about her.
This is my 4th year taking her to see Santa as well.
This is my own personal shot. And I dare say, almost perfect in smiles and eye focus. I didn't see the need to have the dead animals involved. But i wish I could have centered it a bit better.
We wrapped up our visit to Santaland with a stop by the fudge shop for a tastearooni and then a nice, CHEAP lunch at Peter Piper, followed by a well earned nap for the kids.
All in all, a perfect afternoon.
Ho ho HO and a Merry Christmas,