Last year we had so much fun, we decided to go again!
I had been looking forward to this event for a couple of weeks. The weather was even perfect - at first we had bundled the kids all up, and we ended up taking our jackets off because it was nice and warm. Well, relatively speaking.
I had also been super excited about the kids seeing Santa - and had tried to prep them in advance so they wouldn't be afraid. This Santa is my favorite in the city. Truly, the best Santa I've ever seen, and so sweet. Anyway, we had talked about how they could sit on his lap and he would say "and what would you like for Christmas?" and they knew the answers...and that they would get a candy cane. And I had picked out a cute little festive dress for Aspen to wear with her cute furry boots and hat - and in the end -
Aspen was TERRIFIED of Santa. Which, in turn, made Sawyer nervous.
Seriously, though. I just had to scratch the cute little picture I had in my head and settle for the reality, ya know? Aspen is such a happy, easy-going girl it was almost un-nerving to see her so upset. Kind of funny, too - but in a sad way. I don't know if it's the suit or the beard, or what - but she didn't even make it to his lap. Santa did, however, still give the girl a candy cane. He's just nice like that.
I decided to say hello to the Big Man myself. I thanked him for being patient and sweet with my screaming girl. And easy on the boy. I also thought maybe if the kids saw me talking to him (I didn't sit on his lap) maybe they'd see that it's really not so tough. I have a soft spot for Santa, afterall.
Aspen sure enjoyed that candy cane - from the comfort of her stroller. But Sawyer slowly warmed up. He still needed some moral support, but he wanted to go tell Santa what he wants for Christmas. I asked him how it went. He said "I told him I want a snowy owl" And what did he say?
His face totally lit up "he said he would put it on his list!"
Well, of course! Little does Sawyer know that Santa has already delivered it to his Mama for safe keeping until Christmas morning!
The next couple of shots are rather random.
Walking up from where we parked on the waterfront, we walked up and through Post Alley to the market - and by the infamous Wall of Gum. Aspen was super curious. Sawyer didn't want to get near it. Jacob thinks it's gross. I think it's cool. It's all good :)
One of the funniest moments EVER occurred after we saw Santa, and while we were killing time until the carols started and they turned on all the lights. Sawyer wanted to see the "fish throwers" (they're kind of famous, too). So we did. Aspen was squirming and trying to wriggle out of her stroller because she wanted to
run off and get lost walk instead of be confined to her seat. The fish-thrower walked right over to her with a big fish, and he makes the fish talk to her (it's almost like a show, if you've ever seen these guys throw fish before) and the fish said "what do you think you're doing?" And she sat sooooo still. I was sure she was going to burst out in worse tears than when she saw Santa, but she just sat as still as could be.
We also met up with some friends, and went to get a pastry to kill more time. We enjoyed a couple of street musicians, but this guy was my favorite. Check him out - he was singing, smiling, playing the guitar, playing the harmonica, and hula hooping all at the same time! And sounded really good! I, quite simply, am not so talented.
And then we went back to listen to the Dickens Carolers and count down to the lighting of the market for the holidays.
Once again - magic. We topped it off with dinner on the Waterfront where we could see the ferries coming and going out the window. I do love Seattle!
We are looking forward to a truly magical holiday season this year. If you can believe it, I have 100% of my Christmas shopping done, so I get to just relax now and enjoy the season through the eyes of my children. Our advent calendar was stuffed with goodies today and my list of activities for each day is almost complete. Sawyer asks every day if it's Christmas yet. We did trim the tree, and have been playing Christmas music...it is going to seem like a long wait for a very excited little boy. Hopefully as we preview each day the evening before, as we read by candlelight - another favorite tradition - it will help him enjoy the wait. One of my VERY favorite traditions is coming up this weekend - the Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition down by Westlake Center. This Friday night! Be there, or be square! Seriously, I just love this event - one of my all-time favorites! I think this will be our fourth year!
Happy Holidays, Everyone!