This is the montage we put on the back of our annual Christmas newsletter extravaganza, the one everyone looks forward to every year because it burns such pretty colors. You can click on the picture to see it larger.
And solely as an act of love for Kiddo#2, who begged me to take them to go talk to Santa instead of emailing Santa like they did in the olden days, I drove them to the TenMilesAway Mall where we could go visit him and have our pictures taken.
Last year, we waited in line an hour.
This year, we arrived to find one kid on Santa’s lap, and one family in line ahead of us. We even let the family behind us skip ahead because I was trying to convince Kiddo#4 that Santa was the kind of person he might want to get to know. As in, without Mommy in the picture.
The photographer was good. They were all looking at the camera at the same time only once, for about 4/10ths of a second. And she got the shot!
I think that picture caught them really well, actually. Kiddo#4 looks worried (and refuses to wear his hat). Kiddo#3 looks mischievous. Kiddo#2 is looking cute, and Kiddo#1 is along for the ride.
Merry Christmas, folks! (And please, admire Kiddo#2’s crazy socks. She’ll love you for it.)