Going to see Santa at Short Pump Town Center has become somewhat of a tradition for our families. While Grace and I waited in line to see Santa, we reflected on how different this trip was compared to last year. Our babies have grown into very active toddlers – our first thought is no longer searching frantically for a good place to nurse – we no longer panic if we forgot to put something important in the diaper bag – how little we were sleeping last year – and holding our quiet babies in their pouches. Really, our friendship has grown so much in one year. The first time we took the kids to see Santa was also the first time we really hung out, without our mutual friends. This year we stood in line as best friends. There was no longer a struggle to make conversation or trying to figure the other one out. Our friendship is now made up of two women who encourage one another, pray for each other, who truly don’t judge each other’s parenting style, and if one of us forgets to pack something in the diaper bag, the other is quickly willing to share.
We were all pretty impressed to get a picture with Santa without crying babies. Although Jolie did not want to sit on Santa’s lap, she did accept a sucker from him. I was shocked that Caleb not only sat on Santa’s lap the entire time, he also talked to Santa (in his baby language). After we saw Santa we went to Nordstrom’s cafe for coffee and a tasty treat. The kids had a lot of fun eating puffs and begging their parents for coffee. Our night was filled with laughter, photos, and great memories. We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season!