Last Christmas we found the most amazing Santa! We discovered our super Santa photo shoot the year following our last time ever taking Gracie to meet Santa at the mall. Now please believe me when I say that mall Santas are pretty darn cool. I think we just ran into some bad luck overall when it came to visiting Santa at the mall. One year the crowd was sooo bad. It was full of pushy, angry people and the overall experience was rushed and stressful… Basically the opposite of what a visit to the North Pole should be. Then, year before last we braved the mall crowds for the last time, paid the ridiculously over-priced cost of digital prints on a CD, only to get home and discover that our pictures weren’t on the CD! I was so mad but amazingly, after many calls to the mall, we got our pictures. After all of this we came across an ad for a local photographer this past year advertising a different kind of Santa experience, and we jumped at it!
The photographer, Lindsey has since become a good photo biz friend of ours and basically loves our little gay family. She always wants G and I to jump into a few of Gracie’s Santa pictures and happily posts them on her Photography Facebook page. We absolutely love her and the entire Santa experience she’s creates for us!
The Bean was totally into her Santa visit this year. We talked about what she wanted to ask for and how our visit would go. She still wanted to make sure that both G and I would be near but she really wasn’t afraid. She planned to tell Santa what a good girl she had been and she wanted to ask for Barbies and princess dresses. She told us that she wanted to ask for a Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Princess Jasmine dress, to which we explained that she could ask for one thing from Santa... Not five things. Still, when it came down to it, she was whispering in Santa’s ear for quite some time so I’m pretty sure she asked for it all, haha!
This family picture was our photographer’s idea and because all the other parents were doing it, we figured, why not! There’s no shame in this family’s game!
As we hung around the North Pole, aka the pizza shop patio where the pictures were taken, we enjoyed some hot chocolate and cookies. Grace ran around like crazy peeking through the fence at families talking to Santa having a good old time. She had an absolute blast!
Our beautiful girl. :)
This was a busy afternoon because we also went to the Welcome Home Parade for Holly Holm. You know, the girl who beat Ronda Rousey’s butt and won the title! Yup, she’s from New Mexico! Go Holly!
Happy 10 days until Christmas!