Thursday, December 13, 2012

meeting santa
at bass pro shop

we learned our lesson last year when we took the kids to meet santa at bass pro shop only a day or two before christmas.
the line was over two hours long so i waited in line with a newborn (and still nameless at the time) kennedy
while darek followed the boys around as they ran wild.

this year we wised up. we took the kids on nov 30 - visited santa before december had even started. that was the way to go.
we did all the fun kid activities in the store, then waited in line for 15 minutes and got our free photo with santa.
it was kind of like totally perfect.

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first stop: letter writing
beck asked santa for some scribbles with extra mumbo jumbo

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while atticus painstakingly wrote that he would like spiderman for christmas
even though spiderman was no where on his list this year
he never even mentioned him to santa when he had his little christmas chat

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but i was still very proud of his stellar penmanship

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so then we spent some time roasting fake mallows and fake hot dogs over a fake fire
 
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and having fake dinner
let's just pretend those dogs and mallows get sanitized after each kids' turn
because they were in beck's mouth more then they were anywhere else

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time for the electric race track
there was also a railroad track and remote control cars to drive
basically heaven for these two

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oh yeah, and guns - ride rider BB guns
just busy shooting black bart with old blue
 
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and taking it very seriously

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apparently he had spied some bad guys across the way

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KG spent most of her time up here
pulling dad's hair

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and giving him snuggles

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until the time arrived to meet old st. nick
the boys approached with impressive bravery

atticus explained in great detail that he would please like some beyblades for christmas
and a leap pad, if that's not too much trouble
and don't forget the legos
thanks

beck, as i remember it, remained mute
too busy sucking his lower lip
but he knows santa is a mind reader
so it all worked out

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then there was the moment just before kennedy realized a strange man was holding her

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and the moment just after

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there were more adventures to be had even after the kids met santa
including the modeling of atticus' christmas shirt
an elf's food pyramid, from Elf

which is quite accurately atticus' food pyramid as well
candy, candy canes, candy corn
and syrup

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there was some inspection of the holiday decor

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before moving onto the wildlife

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this was no small creature
and it may or may not have been sort of terrifying to beck

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but not surprisingly, atticus and the creature were fast friends

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some late in the game jungle gyming

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and one teeny tiny atticus kissing his new friend farewell

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before heading home
we'll for sure be doing post-thanksgiving visits to santa from here on out
it was the perfect start to the christmas season

hope you're enjoying your holiday season
.be.merry.merry.merry.

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