went a lot better than 2 years ago.
tho i’m not so sure jovie trusts us very much anymore. we told her she didn’t have to sit on his lap. if she wanted to go (which we talked about A LOT— we were not going to force her to go) she could stand next to him. and of course, she wanted daddy on her other side.
this is what we could manage with the arrangement:
and 2 seconds after this, santa plopped her on his lap! i was about to stop taking pictures when the big guy and The Mr. said to take more since she didn’t cry.
santa tried hard to talk to her. get her to smile. he noticed her bracelet gramma sent her and told her he wanted her to get him one. that elicited a smile.
but she staunchly refused to even look his way. and i saw her (bravely!) fighting back the tears.
what a BIG GIRL she is.
in other prep: jovie helped me make one of the batches of cookies this year. it was a recipe my sister (aunt jo-jo) shared with me. and it makes me giddy, because i used to help my own mommy with these. some people call them holiday snickerdoodles. i call them “mommy’s cookies”
(if baking is not in her future, clearly her hair can allow her to become the 5th member of “Flock of Seagulls”)
hope your holidays are equally yummy & fun!