It's that time of year: when our kids don their Christmas best and we head to downtown Seattle to visit the Nordstrom Santa.
|Checking out her pretty "dess"|
We were careful to leave Renton by 2pm so that we'd have plenty of time to wait in line, then head over to Pacific Place to eat, and maybe go to the outdoor carousel if it wasn't too wet. Imagine our surprise when there was no line. There was one family waiting ahead of us and there was a family having their picture taken. So much for the annual "Noah lying on the stairs waiting" picture. In fact, we had to scramble to get any "waiting" pictures at all.
|The attendants here are so sweet and always offer cookies (or cheerios), water, and hot cider while we wait.|
|Lucy and Auntie|
|Check out that toothless mister looking so dapper in his bowtie and little miss looking TOO grown up!|
|Next in line to see Santa|
We decided to let the older kids visit Santa first, thinking it would help Lucy to see them calmly and happily sitting on Santa's lap. The kids chatted with Santa, telling him what they'd like for Christmas (an RC car and a lego airplane set, respectively). He's such a kind Santa: he really listens and engages the kids each in turn and never rushes them.
Then it was time for a cousin shot before Lucy's solo Santa picture.
|This level of snuggling should have been a tip off that she was feeling nervous. It wasn't.|
To say she wanted nothing to do with Santa when it came down to it was an understatement.
|The words you're searching for are ABJECT TERROR.|
|Tears still sparkling in her eyes, but calming down when she realized she didn't have to sit on Santa's lap again.|
|Yeah, that's close enough, big man!|
|Rewarded for her trauma|
By this time it was the late old hour of 3:00. Now what? It's usually dinner time when we're done seeing Santa. It was raining buckets, we didn't really want to stand in the wet to ride the carousel (although in retrospect there was probably no line there, either), so it was off to wander the mall. Lucy was a big fan of the Nordstrom makeup department.
|Boys caught browsing the ladies' stocking stuffers|
|My independent girl|
|Daddy and his girl headed to the toy store!|
|Lucy loves "doo doo dains" as she calls them|
|"Fancy meeting you here, Dintie. I was just taking my baby for a stroll"|
|All Sarah wants for Christmas...|
|Brian and his buddy|
|This is how we roll for family pictures!|