Sunday’s are my least favorite day of the week. We can almost never have a nice family day, where everyone is just happy to be together. Today I decided to take my kids out to go see Santa. Why not? My husband worked late, and I thought I’d be a peach, and let him sleep in. I checked the mall hours online, it said they were opening at 9am. Santa was scheduled to arrive at 10. My surprisingly willing, and helpful teenage daughter, my 3 year old high needs son, and our easy going 8 month old baby girl, were all pretty happy on the way to the mall. I was going to stop and grab some breakfast (we get up late) for them to eat while we waited. However, my son Lucas decided that he wanted to eat AFTER we saw Santa. So glad that I listened to him. Can you sense the sarcasm here?
We got into the mall, and were 5th in line right at 10! I was so impressed with myself. Then I started to hear other mom’s chirp about how Santa wasn’t coming until 11. That’s when I started to panic a little. Not too much, as we once waited 45 minutes to see the Easter Bunny at the same location. Lucas was in the stroller, and Joanna was in the Tula. We made it a long time before he decided that he needed to go play on the little coin rides in order to be happy. Thankfully Rachel was super awesome, and helped him take many rides, and get some candy. Around 10:40 we had to switch kids, because Lucas was getting super antsy. I had to take him up and down the escalator in Sears, like… 7 times in a row, up and down.
When we got back to Rachel it was about 11, and still no sign of Santa. Rachel unfortunately had a wardrobe malfunction, and I had to hand my baby off to a complete stranger (nice tall man), because I needed two hands. As I was trying to help my teenager out of her uncomfortable situation, a woman behind me tapped on my shoulder and said, “Umm Ma’am, I think your son just ran that way”, as she pointed WAYYYY OVER THERE! Of course Lucas; being the smart little kid that he is, took that opportunity to TAKE OFF. He booked it out of Santa’s village and around towards the food court. So I ran after him, and left my baby in the arms of one very kind, and happy stranger! I don’t even know his name, but what I do know, is that he and his wife have one very well behaved 3 year old boy, and for that… I am so very jealous! It’s so nice to know that there are still nice people in the world. Thank you to Tall Man, and to the Snack Lady who offered some gold fish to try to ease our wait. Everyone else’s children were pretty good! It was mine that had to meltdown more than the average child. However, I’m used to that. That’s my boy!
Santa finally appeared around 11:15, but it still took us until after 11:30 for it to be our turn, even though we were 5th in line. By this time, I am a sweaty mess, Joanna needed a bottle, and I’m pretty sure Rachel was getting tired of chasing Lucas. I showed the woman working in Santa’s Village the website where the calendar clearly stated that Santa would be there at 10, and explained how “special” my son is. I must tell you… The website I was looking at, was the right mall… BUT IN MAINE. I was in Massachusetts. That’s just my life! That’s how it goes! Murphy’s Law, all the time. I’m not sure how much time we would have saved if we came at 11 instead of 10, as the line was way too long. Then I was informed that they no longer allow cell phone photos… So I had to pay for a package. Sigh. The Easter Bunny was free. Oh well, so I quickly chose 3 poses, 3 sheets for $39.99 plus tax. SO MUCH MONEY! It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I could have purchased a CD with the digital poses for $24.99, so I’m kind of upset about that…. BUT WHATEVER.
The moral of the story is here folks… First of all, make sure you have the right website when looking for an event. Apparently there are more than one place with the same name in this country. Also, bring food with you while you make your kids wait for Santa… Even if they say they’ll wait. Oh, and enjoy EVERY moment… Because they will only be small once!
With that said, HERE are our pictures with Santa!
Merry MERRY Christmas & A Happy New Year!
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