Mommy Does the Reindeer Hokey Pokey – for real.   2 comments

Last week, I dressed all three little girls up in their Christmas finery (thanks Nanny!) and headed to the Sherway Santa Experience. Sherway Mall is a nice suburban mall, but its a good 30 minute drive from our house, so we don’t head there often. But I tell ya, I would drive twice that distance happily to see this Santa. Honestly, this guy is the best Santa ever. The Santa Experience is not a traditional “photo session” but instead, the kids get a 45 minute “Circle Time” type playdate with Santa. And did I mention that this guy is the best Santa ever??? Okay, enough, but honestly, I am so in love with the guy it isn’t funny. As we’d already had the photo taken, this visit was more about fun. And fun we had! We even met up with another twin mom, Sarah, and her brood of 1+2 to make the event even more fun. But I’ll tell ya, after a morning of all 3 of my wee ones out and about together with no backup, mommy was READY to come home and put everyone in bed for a good, long nap!
 
But, first things first. First job we attempted to fulfill was taking a Christmas picture. But no matter how hard I tried, or how many times I flashed the flash, there was no wrangling 3 excited little people into a Norman Rockwell moment. Oh dear. Maybe next time.
Trying for an initial family photo - but no dice...

Trying for an initial family photo - but no dice...

Once we arrived at the mall, we found a parking spot and I started the 20 minute process of setting up, packing, and loading 2 squirming little people into the stroller, then collecting and herding an excited preschooler safetly through a crowded mall parking lot. Good times. So many people stop to comment on our dog and pony show its almost not funny by the time we actually arrive in the mall. But I manage to keep my composure, get us to the waiting area for Santa, and keep everyone entertained until it was time to get a spot and go meet Santa.
B is so excited, waiting for everything to begin

B is so excited, waiting for everything to begin

 All the kids were given jingle bells to use for the singing and story telling part. The twins mostly chewed on theirs, but they were really nice, and the babies loved them. Made me think they would be a great gift for people who have babies and also an older sibling – there ya have it, folks! According to Kym, a simple, nice sounding, non-plastic, no-batteries required musical instrument (like these leather handled kid-sized bells that I think were from Pottery Barn Kids a few years back, or a shaker egg, or even a nice harmonica) is a great choice for a family who has “everything” already. Well, except for us. ‘Cuz we already have lots. But otherwise, a totally rockin’ gift!
 
The babies liked singing Jingle Bells
The babies liked singing Jingle Bells
Once circle time started, B and Charlotte were just entranced. They listened very nicely to the story, sang carols with Santa, helped him do magic, and even boogied to the Reindeer Hokey Pokey. The babies hung out in their stroller and watched the craziness. The two moms fantically ran around (okay, I frantically ran around – Sarah is much smarter than I) to get “just the right shots”. But the 45 minutes flew by.
Santa tells them a story during "Circle Time"

Santa tells them a story during "Circle Time"

The Reindeer Hokey Pokey
The Reindeer Hokey Pokey
And yes, in case you are wondering, I did do the Reindeer Hokey Pokey along with the kids – stopped to catch a few pics, but otherwise, boogied down with everyone else. And, in case that is why you are here, there are no pictures to prove that. I sincerely hope there are no pictures. And if anyone is in possession of said pics – consider yourself warned.
Then it was time to line up to get our pictures with Santa. The babies were pretty much done at this point. They had had their bottles, eaten their snacks, watched a whole tonne of crazy, candycane-fueled people jump around and sing for 45 minutes – and that was just the parents!  Honestly, they just wanted a nap. Taylor, as usual, was a star, despite her exhaustion. Kennedy, however, was … not. But B got to ask Santa again for a snow globe (thank Goodness Nanny found her one – fhew!), and some balls and baby dolls for her sisters. And remembered to say thank you without being prompted. Santa even attempted to hold both babies and B on his lap for a photo (did I mention, best Santa ever? EVER??), but KC was having none of it. So we have separate pics of our family. Overall, a good day!
Bridget hams it up, while Taylor is still not sure who this big guy is...

Bridget hams it up, while Taylor is still not sure who this big guy is...

The babies with Santa

The babies with Santa

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2 responses to “Mommy Does the Reindeer Hokey Pokey – for real.

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  1. How adorable are your wee ones?!! And that Santa is pretty awesome I might add. We took my son on Saturday to a breakfast with Santa and he was terrified of the jolly big guy. We couldn’t even con him with candy to sit with Santa.
    Maybe next year 😉

  2. Thank you so much for the high praise, I’m glad you enjoyed my show, Hope to see you and your family for years to come.HO-HO-HO.

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