Every year santa comes to visit our neighborhood, riding through the streets in a fire engine, throwing candy to good little boys and girls. This year, two boys were all the more excited as santa is REAL to them (the rose was fairly unimpressed and was down for her morning nap). Lucky for us, Santa's route includes driving RIGHT PASSED our house... does it get better than that?? The boys were soooooo excited and couldn't wait to see him!!
Mommy wore her traditional santa hat for the occasion while the boys wore the new addition to our festive gear... singing elf hats!! Could it be more fun??! It was a fairly seasonable morning and the boys could hardly contain their excitement!!
Daddy, on the other hand, who has been battling leaves all fall, figured time just sitting and waiting for santa was surely time that was wasted!! He wanted to be sure that santa knew he had been a good daddy this year--keeping things neat and tidy at the Lennox house. As such, instead of a hat, daddy doned a rake and set right to work! :)
The suspense was KILLING these two fellows!! We could hear Santa's fire engine for QUITE some time before he came down our block. The boys would occasionally stop what they were doing and run to look, sure that THIS was the time they'd catch the glimpse of the truck turning down our block!!
FINALLY, the moment arrived!!! Santa came and even young Rye-na-reeno, who is petrified still of Santa, welcomed him (probably because Santa was IN the truck, the truck was MOVING, and Santa was busily throwing CANDY, a Rye-favorite, out his window)!!
The boys found out that the elf hats served a dual purpose... they were a great way to transport the candy (Santa was, of course, generous) from the curb to our house. They worked together, vowing to share the candy, and counted their haul!! They had a great day and we are all hopeful, especially Rye-guy (who seemed bummed she missed it), that the little Rose will join the two boys in this tradition next year!! :)
Next up on the Lennox holiday "To Do" list was to visit the big man himself in the mall!! The most exciting part for John and I, of course, was that it was the little Rose's first time seeing the big man... how would she react?? Little Rye-guy was sweating the visit, but was confident that big-brother Peep-a-rooni would let santa know, on his behalf, that he really wanted a BIG batmobile for Christmas as well as a Bumblebee (the transformer) costume!! :)
In the car, though, Rye-guy stated that he would actually SIT on Santa's lap, not just stand there as per usual. He nearly lost his nerve, though, for the whole adventure when we were standing in line and he touched the rope, knocking it down, and grandma reminded him that Santa was watching... that was a little too close for comfort for him! Luckily, though, the line was long enough and a nice scooby snack calmed him back down so he was ready to go when it was our turn (WOW! It sounds like such a calm moment while reading it back... I assure you, though, real time of trying to peel Rye-guy off the wall was one of those not-so-perfect family moments!)!!
So, how did the little Rose react to the big man in the red suit??! A picture says a thousand words, no? Although she kept looking at him QUITE suspiciously, she didn't CRY!! :) The whole time the boys were talking to Santa (and the mall people, who were eager to rush the occasion and move us along, tried to snap a quick picture), she kept looking back to check out this strange looking fellow upon whose lap mommy had thoughtlessly and inconsiderately dumped her!!
In the end, though, they all had QUITE a nice time with Santa!! Mr. Peeps told Santa that he was really hoping for an angry bird (bad mommy, letting him play a mindless game!), an Optimus Prime costume (so he and Bumblebee can play together!), and a lego space shuttle-- just like in his book (better than the angry bird, no?) and Ryan spoke to santa himself to assure that the BIG batmobile (he had hand motions to reiterate the BIG) and the Bumblebee costume would be under the tree. The two boys spoke for the little Rose, asking Santa to bring her a dolly (I guess they figure that's what every girl needs).
Stay tuned for more adventures!! I'm so excited to actually have a POST on the blog!!!! :) :) And, being that playoff football continues, I might just get another post done before next month!!