So we've done the unspeakable that every parent does.
We coerced our child into sitting on Santa's knee.
I was a little nervous after the first child in line was screaming bloody murder... but noooooo, my child would never do that.... haha.. who am I kidding??
So while daddy waited in line, we cruised the mall once or twice or ten times, trying to get a GOOD picture of little Miss.... you know, one where she is looking at the camera and maybe, just maybe, even smiling.
I finally settled on this one
I think Santa is hanging onto his beard, just in case.
They chatted for a minute...
So she squirmed, and she wrigged and she fussed a bit, all in the name of trying to get free of this stranger. Odd how we teach kids to stay away and not talk to strangers, yet we put them on their knee and say "if you're good, he'll give you Candy"
Which is what we tried next....
As you can see... it wasn't enough to convince her to stay
So we let her enjoy her candy cane a bit while we waited for the pictures.
First attempt at candy cane wasn't so bad. She sucked for a bit, took a couple bites, then spit out the chunks that were in her mouth, claiming they were "fuff" (fluff)
Oh well!! More for Mommy!
We then did what we've wanted to do for the past two years...
We got one of the really cool mall Car stroller thingys and drove around like maniacs...
Or we drove nice and safely through the busy mall picking out a few gifts until she was
Maybe by next year we'll have taught her to Smile on Command and she won't be so wary of strangers...
Although that's not a bad thing.
Maybe kicking and screaming isn't so bad after all
Maybe having a shy little girl who knows what she wants when she wants isn't so bad after all