Sunday, December 7, 2008

Santa Visit--Take One!



We took the kids to an annual Christmas fun fest that my mom hosts for us at a fancy club. The kids love it because there's an all-you-can-eat brunch and lots of fun activities.

They got to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus (who arrived by boat!) and hang out with them a little and get some gifts (they were giving out toy penguins--Gooser is holding his).
Notice Pickle isn't in the pic. She wouldn't go anywhere close to Santa! She did take her penguin though--but only because I handed it to her.

There was a balloon artist there--she made a Batman for Gooser.
And a baby for Pickle.
Teddy and Patrick got some fun balloons too and face painting to match!
Close-ups!
Of course Gooser wanted a Batman scenario.
And Andy went with a Santa theme.
Here are a few family portraits. The whole group!
Me and Pickle and the boys:
Me with the Pickle:
There was also a caricature artist who did this brilliant rendition of Gooser!So onto the next Santa event--I always take the kids for a formal pic with Santa and a lunch at our traditional place with my sister. I'm dreading the Pickle vs. Santa showdown!! Something tells me it will get ugly!
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23 comments:

Heather said...

I know, I know, you have a passel of boys there, but all I can focus on is Pickle's adorable dress!

Maybe it is because I'm the mommy of a girl, but that is the first thing my eyes went to in the group shots! :)

Good luck with Pickle v. Santa - my younger sister was petrified of anyone/thing in a costume - clowns, Santa, the Easter Bunny etc. I can't tell you how many pictures there are of me trying desperately to get my face time with Santa while my sister is screaming bloody murder trying to get the heck off his other knee... Finally my parents gave up on trying to get the picture with both of us at the same time, thank goodness! :)

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Looks like a blast!
We are facing our Santa fears next weekend!

Opus #6 said...

Lucky! Mrs. Clause doesn't get out that often.:D Visiting from Ann's GNO.

Constructive Attitude said...

omggg. pickle is scared of santa. poor thing.

I'm sure she'll get over it soon.

Allison said...

Wow, it looked like the kids had a great time.

I have the feeling my daughter will be the same way. She has already shyed away from at the Holiday Express, but we go for our official Santa pics this Thursday. Santa comes down the chimney and tells stories before you sit down with him, so I am hoping she warms up to that! We'll see. Anyway, I can't wait to see how Pickle reacts!

Kori said...

Oh Looks like a wonderful time. Loved all the pictures. And that Balloon artist had some serious skills. I mean that batman is awesome. And I love what the artist with Gooser. He is such a cutie. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

Temple said...

Again, I wonder...where on earth do you find all the time for this domestic cuteness!?!?! Adorable! And I am way impressed with Ms. Claus and her 1980's Poison Concert Aquanet Hairdo! Oh, and I seriously want one of those balloon octopi...looks like you guys had a ball!

noble pig said...

Was this at the Balboa Bay Club? My kind of party! The balloons are just awesome!

Becky said...

That was an awesome balloon artist. That octopus was so cute! I don't think Summer is going to like Santa too much either. I will cross my fingers. Good luck!

amelia bedelia said...

what great pictures! you kids are beautiful!

CaraBee said...

I can't decide if I want to take Sophie to see Santa. She is generally pretty okay with strangers, but she hasn't seen one with a long white beard and a crazy laugh yet. Great pictures!

Jen said...

I can't wait to see what happens and I can't wait to see what happens when I take my kids to see Santa. Should be interesting.
Love all the family pictures. Beautiful

Teri said...

Those balloons are so cool! My daughter went through the afraid of Santa phase when she was about 3. That was the year that only her brother was in ANY pictures with Santa. Oh well. Memories.

Jen B. said...

Looks like you had a great time! Let's hope Pickle will do better next time you see Santa & you can get some great photos!

JANE said...

Ok I'm with Andy and the Santa theme!! My girl won't go anywhere within 10 yrds of Old St Nick!!
Look like ya'll had a great time!

Mamahut said...

That looks like fun! What a pretty family you have.

mrsmouthy said...

Wow, that balloon artist is AMAZING! The last balloon artist I came across was most proud of his "snake" creation. (BTW, the last balloon artist I came across was also my husband.)

sandi said...

Those balloons are amazing! You guys always do the coolest things.

Z's Mom said...

Oh my, Andy is as tall as you are!!!

That looks like you guys had soo much fun!!!

Pickle is adorable as usual.....and I'm not taking Z anywhere near Santa this year. I'm just Bah Humbug about having to deal with the tantrum that I know will ensue.

breelyn_faith said...

You have a beautiful family. Sounds like yall had fun! Your kids are so cute!

Shannon said...

That is one seriously creative balloon artist! The Batman balloon is so cool! Dude, I want one of those!


This sounds and looks like great fun!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

That caricature is awesome! I love reading about all the fun your family has.

Sera said...

Aw, those pics are all so cute! You do the most fun activities with your kids - they are so lucky!