Saturday, January 17, 2009


I'm sure you saw the title of this and are wondering why in the middle of January am I writing about Santa. Well, as I said in a few posts before I did not do good at blogging through Christmas so I am still catching up. I thought about skipping to now but I love some of these pictures and I want to share them so I will just double blog (I'll do a Christmas one and one from now).

So when we went to see Santa this year it was quite an adventure, we ended up at the new shopping center in Allen. This was not the plan for the day but after two failed attempts it was the best Santa experience we have had. We went to Mike's work that morning for breakfast with Santa (9-12). We got there at 10 and passed Santa in the hall (thought he was going on a break) after we had our breakfast and did the craft they had out we asked when Santa was coming back. We were then told he was done for the day. Lauren was not happy. So we decided to go to the mall and see Santa. Mike wanted to go to Northpark to see that Santa (I told him that Santa is hard to get into see but we went anyways). When we got there aroung 11:30am we were told if we got a ticket now we could come back around 6:30 pm. We were not waiting for that so on to the next plan...with Lauren getting upset again I suggested Allen. We had seen a sign at the begining of November that they would have a Santa and his reindeer would be there. Lauren asked lots of questions about Santa last year and why there were different Santa's. We told her Santa is really busy this time of year so he has helpers that wear a suit like his and help him see all the kids (not to off). Well this year she wanted to know why Santa's reindeer are never here. So the Allen shopping center gave us one more year of her believing.

They really had two reindeer there. So we not only got to see Santa but reindeer. They were so neat to see so close. Lauren said this must be ther really special helper Santa because he got to use the reindeer (she really wanted to see Rouldoph though).

There wasn't really a good spot to get the reindeer and the kids in a picture so it just looks like the kids have antlers. (I think the wind was blowing about 30 mph this day)

I could not get both of them to look at me and smile at the same time but this was such a cute picture with Lauren smiling and Austin's sweet face. He looks like he is just loving Lauren.

This on'e pretty good.

Here's some pictures of the reindeer...

And then we stood in line for Santa...
There actually weren't many people at all. We didn't know if it was because this was the first year there or if it was because of the crazy wind. Either way we were glad the line was short.
Lauren was readdy to tell Santa what she wanted (and she was going to tell him what Austin wanted since he couldn't talk).

It's our turn..........Austin was not a fan of Santa. AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!

Lauren had a good chat though.

The experience was great. The girl taking the picture did a wonderful job. With our camera we got about 4 pictures of Austin crying, the one she got he looks like he could be smiling. Good job picture girl.

So this was Austin's first Santa picture and one more year Lauren still believes. Some people may think that is wrong but there are so few things kids can look foward to and it makes her so happy. She is a very smart girl and I think in some ways she knows he is not real but why spoil the joy. She knows what Christmas is really about and why we really celebrate Christmas. I think as long as that is first and foremost Santa is okay.

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