Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Well That Wasn't Too Bad!

Today was the big day when I lug all five kids downtown to visit with Santa and have lunch at our traditional place. I was dreading it, to tell you the truth. I knew that Pickle wouldn't want to touch Santa with a 39 1/2 foot pole and would cry during the brief time I forced her to sit with him for a photo and that the lines for both Santa and the restaurant would be crazy-long. Not to mention there was a big snowstorm this morning and I was expecting the driving to be treacherous.

Just to put the line thing in perspective for you--when my sister and I went to this restaurant a couple of years ago at Christmastime, we waited in the "beeper" line for about an hour to learn that wait just to get into another line was 4 1/2 hours!! It was sickening. And even worse--we actually waited!

Anyway, today went nothing like the horrible scenario in my head. The driving was fine and we parked easily. When we arrived, my sister already had the beeper ( she didn't have to wait at all) and we joined her in the quickly-moving Santa line.

Then the bigger shocker--Pickle actually liked Santa! She went right up to him and told him what she wanted for Christmas "Five dolls, a hair horse and a hair brush" and even gave him a hug! You could have knocked me over with a feather! When we saw Santa at that breakfast a couple weeks ago, she wouldn't go anywhere near him.

Then we went to the restaurant and were seated immediately. And the kids all sat down and ate! There wa no crying, screaming, spilling or choking. It was a Christmas miracle!!

Here's the Santa pic--I took a bunch more but my computer is completely out of memory so I can't download them right now. I hope Santa brings me a new laptop for Christmas! And just for fun--here's the Santa pic from last year:

I looked for the one from the year before that but couldn't find it....

OMG! It's Christmas Eve! Can't wait to hear what everyone is up to. We'll be going to my sister's for a party. Have a great Christmas Eve!!

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22 comments:

Dee from Downunder said...

merry christmas to you and your family Jennifer. A hot humid christmas day is soon to arrive here, my first christmas as a host to mum and dad

Hope your christmas is wonderful

CaraBee said...

We're holding off until next year for the Santa pictures. I just don't see it going well. Got your card yesterday, it looks awesome!! Thanks for sending it! We're just chilling out around home tonight. I'm trying to decide what to make for dinner. I want to do something special, but haven't decided what yet.

Ronda's Rants said...

Pickle and Santa have been dancing together for quite some time...so she is cool with him now!
Have a very Merry Christmas...I am off to finish my shopping..I can't believe it isn't all done!

JANE said...

Girl that is a miracle!! I'm wishing for the same as we go out today. Big Daddy is home! My girl still screams and jumps under the table at the mention of Santa's name! Oh well, next year!
Ya'll have a great Eve and Merry Christmas!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Merry Christmas! Awesome that she loved Santa!

Becky said...

What a great way to kick off your Christmas Eve! How lucky for you that that went so smoothly!
Yay! It is Christmas Eve! I am so ready:)

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

A Christmas Miracle indeed!!! Have a merry one! (Beautiful pix!)

Jess @ NBP said...

WOW what a difference a year makes!!

HAPPY WW!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Mimi said...

So cute! Pickle looks so cute in last years pic too!

Jenni Jiggety said...

What an awesome day!!!

Have a VERY Merry Christmas!

justjuli said...

Merry Christmas to you! I love the Santa pics - from both years. :)

Z's Mom said...

Wow!!! That is awesome!!! I can't believe how brave Pickle was!!! Zander would have at least frozen up if not thrown that fit you were speaking of!!!

Have a great time at the party today!!!

Jen said...

what a great Santa photo. Isn't so nice that sometimes things just work. I am hoping for that tonight as we head to church and then dinner out with family friends

mrsmouthy said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you're enjoying the extra 7 hours of your life you got back this year.

noble pig said...

She did it! That's awesome, there is not one pic of me with Santa, I was always afraid!

I'm already cooking away here for tonight and prep work for tomorrow...enjoy your day.

Susie said...

Good for Pickle! I am so glad she had a positive Santa experience:-)

We are staying home for dinner and gifts and then it is off to my sister-in-law's for Christmas Day.

Have a very Merry Christmas:-)

Constructive Attitude said...

hahaha. are you sure this wasnt a dream!?

too good to be true, huh?

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Aw, I'm so glad Pickle liked Santa! Happy Holidays to the Fun House Family. xoxo

controlled chaos said...

Wow. It must have been a Christmas miracle. I mean, what else could it have been?

Argentum Vulgaris said...

Glad it all went so smoothly for you Jennifer, bravo Pickle!

Merry Xmas...

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Shannon said...

That sounds like fun! And that you had no wait and the kids behaved... a Christmas miracle, indeed.


Hope your Christmas was a great one!

Jen B. said...

The pic turned out great! I'm glad you had such a great day!