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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

here comes santa claus.

a couple of weeks ago i got the boys all gussied up for a date with the big man himself... santa claus. & as the story goes, "he was dressed all in fun, from his head to his foot, & his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot; a bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. his eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! his cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! his droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; the stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath; he had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. he was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf". unfortunately, that's where our story takes a turn - instead of laughing when owen saw him, he cried, & cried hard.


we tried all the tricks... everything from watching santa interact with other kids, to me trying to sit with owen & that jolly happy soul. but nothing worked, little o just wasn't having any of it. but, at least gavin was thrilled to read santa his christmas list.

later that afternoon i found owen asleep on the floor. i guess you could say he was tuckered out... being terrified of santa must have exhausted him. the funny thing is, now, every time & everywhere he sees santa, he gets all excited. even if the pictures this year didn't exactly work out, we do have proof that owen hasn't always been so scared...

2007

2006

images courtesy of ana brandt photography

13 comments:

Ashley said...

Oh those are such adorable pictures of your little kids with Santa! I love them!!!

polly said...

your post will make Abby feel better, because Jake's visit with Santa was a disaster!

Dawn said...

What sweet pictures! I remember those days...they are fine in line and then when it's their turn...they are terrified!!

:)

Janiece said...

I never took my kids to see santa at the mall (ok we don't have a mall- but anywhere)
I truly wish I had pictures like that.
I love Santa!

Tanja said...

What great photos and I love the Nutter Butter idea too! You are great at finding such fun things to do it's keeping me on my tippy toes that's for sure but I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Kirby3131 said...

Those are so great!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Awesome photos!

I LOVE the first one!!

Traci said...

What fun pictures and a cute Santa to boot!

tara @ kidz said...

Oh all the pictures are adorable! And I have to say - that Santa is extra cute! I love his rosy cheeks!!!

* TONYA * said...

I'm still holding onto a little hope that Miss M will co-operate with our upcoming Santa visit. She screamed and screamed and screamed last year. We've done a trial run though and it went well.

Those photographs are adorable.

My life said...

Great pictures of Santa! He looks awesome! Love your idea for Nutter Butter too!

Max said...

That last photo with the sweet babe is DELICIOUS.

Mrs. Heather said...

that is a very good Santa you've got in California! He looks great. Now I just need to convince my husband to let me spend some money to get my 3 month old's picture taken with Santa- what is it with men, money, and Santa?