In my last post you probably got the idea that I have been WAY busy. WAY doesn’t even describe the busy part. It’s beyond WAY. It’s WAY WAY busy here. And because of the sickies and the other stuff that gets thrown my way, we put off Santa. That’s right. We didn’t do our annual Irvine Park Santa Train trip. We didn’t even pass him once (except when I saw him at the shake shack in Laguna and he was in his civilian clothes, well, if you count blue dockers and a red polo with a Santa emblem as regular clothes) in the shops and the asforementioned sighting was without the kids.
And we LOVE our trips to see him, even if they are brief.
Today, yep, December 23rd, we braved to go visit him. The kids got dressed up a bit and because this is my first little girl (and only!!) we had to do the frilly get up to go with it! We went to a late breakfast at our favorite joint and then hit Crystal Court. And there was a line. And I knew there would be a line. So we waited anyway. An enthusiastic mom of three in front of us in the line said that it’s worth waiting for this Santa. He’s the best. I felt like the line and the thought of an over an hour wait felt like something out of a bad movie.
The kids survived. Juliet did okay until the tail end. Having given up her nap that mid-morning, all in the sacrifice of going to see him, she hung in there. While waiting I walked around to show her a glimpse of him and she waved at him. And he waved back and then she blew kisses. And I thought, boy, this is going to be totally worth the wait. She’s going to sit right there on his lap and love it.
So, I would sum it up like this. Yummy breakfast. Four beautiful kids waiting patiently to see Santa. Excited to share what they want with him. A screaming toddler and a perfect photo to sum it up. Priceless.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family. We hope that this season brings you lots of love and joy.
ps – My cards finally arrived. And I am proud to say that I am getting them out by the grace of God. And that I am beating to my own drum that although late – they definitely will be worth the wait.