A Visit to the Dude in Red…

As we do every year.. we head to Crown Center to see the dude in red.

The Man and #6 waiting to see Santa.

#4 getting ready to go down the slide

#5 getting ready to go down the slide!

3.5 and #6

#4 hanging out in the Crayola house.

3.5 and #6 playing in the Crayola house.

Here's #2, 4, 6, 5, 3, and 3.5 telling Santa what they want.

#6 really liked Santa.


Christmas Pictures

Every year we go to Crown Center to see Santa, eat at Fritz's and take our Christmas pictures. This year it was a real struggle to get our Christmas photo taken. I'm not sure why.. maybe it was the matching neckties… maybe it was the sites and sounds of Crown Center. Who knows…

I'm not sure what's going on in this picture… but obviously #2 has learned

to stand still and smile.

Can you see how they are pulling on #5's arm?

This is the picture we went with… even though the boys look like

they are related to "The Runaway Bride" . I can't believe next year

there will be one more added to it 🙂

Going to see Santa

Every year since #1 was ten or so we have gone to Crown Center to see Santa. If you are not from Kansas City, or you've never been there.. you should go at least once. It truly is a magical place at Christmas.

Here's #4 and #5 waiting to go into the Crayola Land

play place to see Santa.

He looks a little nervous.. I wonder if he's been good this year?

These two have been really bad. Just look at them!

This place is awesome.. it has all kinds of things for the

kids to do while the parents wait in line for the kids to

see Santa. Here's #4 getting ready to slide.

I thought #3 wouldn't play on the stuff this year since

she was in a "serious" dress. But that didn't stop her and

her American Girl Doll.

Holy Smokes.. after a few minutes of playing, we had our first

spotting of Santa! They boys immediately want to get in line.

Here we have #2, (holding everyone's shoes) #5, and #4. They are

eye-balling Santa.. I love #5's hands. They were REALLY checking him out.

I don't think they said a single word while we stood in line and waited.

When we finally got to the front of the line, there wasn't any

hesitation this year. They just hopped right up on his lap!

I'm not sure what this kid is telling him, but I can guess it has

something to do with Transformers, Spiderman, and Nintendo.

#2 told me Santa was surprised to see someone "so old" on his lap. It's pretty bad to be an old has-been at thirteen! #2 said he asked for a ear piece for his phone.. and Legos. (what a combo)

#3 asked for American Girl doll stuff.

#4 asked for 2 new Nintendo remotes, a car that drives on the walls, and a hover car.

I asked #5 again what he asked for from Santa.. and he gave me this look..

"I'm not telling you"

The Ghost of Christmas Past.. or at Least 2008

Every year we go to Crown Center to celebrate #2's birthday and to see that fat dude in a red suit. I also take this opportunity to take a good Christmas Card photo of the kids. We are heading down there very soon to do this years photo. I was looking through my photos from last year and found some interesting things.

I have no idea why #4 has his tongue out.. but The Man thought it was pretty funny.

Even #1 thought it was funny.

Here's #3, #5, #4 and #2 with the big man.. Aren't they cute?

#1 won't sit on Santa's lap. She prefers to sip her coffee.

I wonder if she knows coffee will stunt her growth?

This was NOT the Christmas card picture.. any idea why?

Neither was this one.

After looking at these photos.. I don't think I sent out Christmas cards

in 2008. Maybe 2009 Christmas photos will be better… 🙂