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Monday, December 6, 2010

Twice the Santa....

So last year when we went to see was a bit of a flop. Reese was cute in her little outfit and she was really very tolerant of the line (45 minutes or so) and was just her normal 9 month old little self. Kim walked up...proceeded to drop off the little one for the pics with Santa, and this.....

Not happy. Not at all.

This year we're wiser. We've got the experience of what it takes to pacify Reese and the thought is to make a trial run to the mall and "test" her reaction to Santa. So last Tuesday was just a bear of a night was pouring rain and somewhat cool. Just a pretty rough night to be out all in all - but we braved the mall just to see if we could try a little introduction from a far. We got to the mall and the line was non-existent. In fact there was only like two kids standing around so we sort of walked up and pointed to Santa and got all excited. Reese showed so much interest that she was literally shoving herself out of our arms to get on the ground. She pointed and gawked and was basically ready to do this thing....she was on fire. So we ask the photo folks if we could sort of do a dry run with Santa and come back later. They were very accommodating about the whole thing but Reese clammed up once Santa was in reach. She tried to climb Kim's back to get away from him but she calmed down.....didn't sit in his lap but she was calm. We're thinking this is a done deal. She's in for the second visit.

We decide that based on my travel schedule this week and the fact that lines were not an issue...maybe we should go back and hit this again on Thursday. So, back we go last Thursday night.

She's decked out and excited. You can see her just pulling at the fence to look at things. Her favorite term right here is "See 'em? See 'em??" to which we say yes and "Owwww weeeee" to just build up the excitement.

I couldn't even get good pics of her because she was just full of she was about to see "Tanta"!!!!

She was bending around and pointing and man.....this was going to be great! We had done it. We had figured out how to build up this excitement for Santa Claus and she was ready to bound into Santa's lap.

Or not.

I'm not sure if you can really see her eyes in this can when I blow the pic up on Picasa but the eyes tell the story. Scared to death Santa pic...take two.

It didn't even help to get Mommy in the picture either. Reese was not having any of this Santa character and wanted DOWN!!!! What is a shame about this whole thing is that we didn't get the after shot.....she was happy as all get out and pointing away at the man she just ran from. Oh well....Maybe take three will have some smiles in it next year but these are still cute pics. These folks rob you for 2 - 5X7 pictures but the memories last forever. We tried to out smart little bit and I was actually beginning to think that we were going to hit a home run with our See ya soon Santa but don't be looking to play with Pooks when you stop in!

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