Monday, December 12, 2011

A visit with Santa

Santaland 2011

As most people know, I love traditions and am not a huge fan of change.  I find comfort in knowing what is coming and what to expect.  With that being said, it may be easier to understand why I was disappointed in this years trip to Santaland.  Since Carter was an infant, we have gone to visit Santa at the downtown Macy's.  I was always impressed by the quality of the props and the authenticity of the Jolly one himself.  (We had seen the same Santa for the past three years)  This  year, Macy's switched everything and the result was definitely not as good.  Thankfully the kids didn't seem to mind, but we may head back downtown later this week to visit Santa Ted at Pioneer Square (our Santa has moved!)

One thing that was definitely an improvement from last year...Kennedy wasn't screaming.  Hooray for progress! 

I was trying to get pictures before we got in line, but they were just too excited! 

Carter went right up, without hesitation.  He knows what he needs to do.  It was quite the process to decide what he wanted this year.  We had to veto a few requests (an Ipod Touch, really?!?  You are 5!) but he finally settled on a Nerf gun.  I have mixed feelings and serious reservations, but his desire ran deep.  We'll just have to establish some ground rules with that particular gift. 

Kennedy and Ethan on the old monorail train

Carrie & Ethan and Kirstin, Tim & Lillian joined us for our visit.  I count the day as a huge success, because all four kids posed without tears.  It was a fun way to spend the morning together. 

 After our visit, the kids wrote Santa their wishes...

And then sent them off to the North Pole
Merry Christmas!

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