We did it! We went and saw Santa! Kayli stood there as we waited for our turn all excited, and then as we started to walk towards him she did the slow motion, stiff as a board, I refuse to take another step closer, mini-meltdown. We managed to cut her off with a quick, “You get to sit on Matthew’s lap!” ..where she proceeded to look awfully nervous and suspicious of the guy behind her until she’d finally had enough and melted off Matthew’s lap to run into my arms crying. The photographer said, “Oh! Did you want a candy cane?”
I kid you not; Kayli immediately went from mid-sob to full faced grin and gave a watery exclamation of “Yes!!” She ran BACK to Santa and sat on his lap smiling from ear-to-ear. Unfortunately all of the pictures with her smiling were terrible or awkward-weird of everyone else. It was like the boys AND Santa had used up their nice smiles in the first round of photos. In one of the photos from the second batch (with a happy Kayli), Santa’s eyes were half closed and he looked like a ringing endorsement for the new legalization of Marijuana in Washington state. Needless-to-say, we opted to pick the best photo from the first set despite Kayli’s stone cold face (but thought it was better than Santa’s STONED face option later).