Here Comes Santa Claus

Our annual trip to see Santa Claus always happens the week of Thanksgiving.  Let's face it - shorter lines and more time with him.  Not to mention I am off work so it's just that much easier to fit it in.

I decided to take the girls today before the week got away from us.  We went to Willow Bend Mall and the girls were quite excited.  Julia wasn't quite sure what she was excited about, but was happy as could be anyway.  Riley chose her outfit - purple dress with black leggings and her pink cowboy boots.  I did her hair, but it only lasted about five minutes into the drive there before she put on a Santa hat and pulled everything out.  So much for that.

The girls were great in line and waited patiently.  Even though there were only three people in front of us, it still took about 20 minutes as they gave us a lot of time in the ice palace snow globe.  At each section, they had ropes tying it off and you were only allowed into the next section once each person had moved on.  This allowed us to be by ourselves each time which was great.  The girls sat on the ice throne and were smiling huge until Julia saw the snow falling in the globe.  Forget about waiting our turn.  She took off running and darted under the ropes.  I caught her shirt and was able to pull her back.  She fussed for a minute, but thankfully I was able to divert her.

Once the girls got inside the snowglobe, they started running in the snow and throwing it at one another. They loved it!  Then came the best part:  seeing Santa!

I asked Riley to go up to him first so that Julia would see that it was ok (which is funny because last year I had him hold Julia first because she was always so happy to go to anyone and this made Riley comfortable with going to him).  Riley stood right by him and was beaming.  I set Jules in his lap and she was staring at him, a little unsure, but then started giggling and smiling.  The girls took a super cute picture.

Santa asked Riley what she wanted and she said "A puppy."  To which Jules replied "Puh-pee!!  Yes!!!"
So then Riley said "We'd like two puppies then."  And Santa replied "Ok."

They got their ice palace book to take home and we paid for the pics.  Afterward we met Jeremy at Pei Wei for some dinner.  And took the girls home to go to bed.  A very sweet day.


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