After the photo each of the kids took turns telling him what they wanted. The Pokemon Wii game for Adrian. The Amercian Girl doll Felicity for Evie. When it was Ainsley's turn I had to choke back tears as I spoke on her behalf and said simply, "She's been through a lot this year. Please bring her a special surprise." If I'd said more I think I would have dissolved into a blubbering mess. Even though I didn't explain that "a lot" was actually: a brow surgery in January, adenoidectomy and granuloma removal in February, hip reconstruction in April, spica cast and brace until July, eyelid reconstruction and hip plate removal in December, and lots of testing in between; he seemed to understand without me actually having to say it. Santa was so kind and said he would bring a very special toy for a very special girl. Since she can't tell us what she wants my hope is that Santa guesses right.
And these sugary temptations. An entire YARD of giant gumdrops. Lordy!
The kids really love it. They like to look for all the cute figures.
Like the abominable snowman there. See him?!
Ahhh. I do it for them, even when I really don't want to leave the house.
Aren't they adorable?!
After 10 years of trips to downtown Seattle this may be the last. The Believe Meter is losing power. Evie and Adrian are old enough that they know this Santa isn't the real Santa. (Sniff.) And Ainsley, well she just doesn't really care about such things. In light of the fact that we may be moving soon it's time to start some new traditions.
Getting them all dressed up was a good excuse to torture them with the camera. I was pleased with this shot.