This year...we were prepping Braden. We were reading lots of Christmas books with Santa in them, Braden knows who Santa is and can say "Santa". Even when Jay was carrying Braden through the parking lot to go to the mall, we said "who are we going to see, Braden!?" And he happily replied, crystal clear "go see Santa!" We also prepped him that "you're going to go see Santa, take a picture, and then you can have a cookie!" He would get excited and say "Go see Santa - a cookie!" My expectations weren't very high for that "perfect" smiley picture...but I didn't care! I just wanted a picture of my little man with the big guy. And this is what we got:
Braden was holding out his right arm, ready to escape. Those picture gals sure know what they're doing! They had literally 2.5 seconds to capture a moment where Braden was actually sitting with Santa...and they did it! So Braden sat, took his picture....and then got his cookie! It felt weird giving Braden a cookie in front of Santa! I told Braden..."usually we give Santa cookies...but you can have this one!"
Here is last year's picture, this is the moment before he started crying...
And another, torturous picture with his cousins!
I'm sorry, I'm an awful mom...but that pic makes me laugh every time! I love it!