Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Another year, another visit to Santa.

We always try to go on a Monday night, it is usually less crowded. It is something that I look forward to and enjoy. This year I was not so excited. Kids were being naughty and undeserving but we still went anyway. As we walked up to the line I was digging deep so that I could enjoy the experience. I was happy to see a short line, things were looking up...until I realized that there were FIVE DOGS in front of us. Yes, I said dogs, as in non-humans.

Seriously, I DO NOT GET THIS!!!! I understand that people love their dogs and want a picture with Santa, but doesn't PetCo have a picture with Santa night? This is a mall, a mall is for people, not for dogs. The owners were worse than parents. They wouldn't go until they got the perfect picture. I can't even begin to tell you the frustration I had watching these owners take and retake pictures. 

NEWS FLASH: These are dogs!!! They do not smile for the camera!!!

So in the meantime I had to chase my human two year old around in circles while waiting for our turn.

Finally it was our turn. I have to admit we had the best Santa ever. I'm pretty sure that if he had a say, he would not have been posing with dogs. When our turn came he was attentive and did not rush us one little bit. He chatted with the kids and he was so, so sweet.

Maya and Eden asked for American Girl dolls and Camden asked for a computer.

I am very aware of how my ten year old Maya, is not my little girl anymore. It is breaking my heart. I am holding onto the magic of Christmas with her for dear life. This Santa helped keep the magic alive. 

(Realizing how desperately our kids needed a good dose of Christmas spirit we got ourselves and Elf on the Shelf that night. I wish we would have discovered him sooner. We love our elf, his name is Paxton and he is magic.)

Despite the loud barking and dog fights, we were able to accomplish our goal without a meltdown from me. Although Aric did almost push me over the edge...look at this picture and see if you can figure out why...


Aric put TWO different shoes on Camden! Not on purpose...so he says...but I didn't realize it until Camden was showing the people in line behind us his shoes. Funny Guy.


Lauren in GA said...

I laughed at your saying that you had to chase your human two year old around.

I also laughed at your reminding the people in front of you that their animals do not smile. I would have gotten frustrated if I had to wait while they re-took pictures, too. Grrrrr.

Rochelleht said...

HA HA HA! That is seriously the weirdest THING EVER! Really? Dogs? Really? People are freaks.

I would NEVER have noticed those shoes. Ha ha! They look too much alike.

Natalie said...

Hilarious! I know a lady who got her ELEVEN animals photographed (all at once) professionally for christmas. What??? I think it is photographer/animal cruelty. I never would have noticed the shoes. And it is refreshing that other mothers have to really TRY to be pleasant during these 'special times'. I don't feel so alone.

calibosmom said...

I don't mean to laugh at your expense but this is pretty funny stuff. I don't get the dog picture thing either but I'll leave it at that since so many people have and love their doggies. That is also one crazy huge and ornate Santa chair. He does look like a sweet Santa.

Lindsey said...

Two different shoes, AND they are on the wrong feet! :)

the wrath of khandrea said...

i have many friends who swear by the elf on a shelf. deceptive parenting at its best.

i never saw so many people with a penchant for dogs until i moved to your area a few years ago. not being a dog person, it annoys me to no end.

i can't get past the fact that cam is able to say he wants a computer. please find a way to stunt his growth and development!!