then she jumped off his lap, held my leg and said, "where's my princess shoes?"
um, how do you explain the concept of "later" or "next month" to a two year old??
fast forward to now:
Santa has become the most popular dude ever at our house.
it could be because Ellie is obsessed with the fact that he'll bring her any toy she wants...
or it could be because i am obsessed with manipulating Ellie to stop being so gosh darn naughty lately by telling her things like " Santa doesn't bring presents to little girls who scratch their sisters on the face." or "Santa is going to be so sad to see you yelling at me like that." or "Santa wants to bring you princess shoes sooooo bad... but he can't when you throw things like a crazy person."
(Ellie is so good at being two, it's not even funny).
so the other night we wrote letters to Santa....to remind him what we asked him for a bazillion weeks ago. which means that i whipped out my kindergarten handwriting and had Ellie tell me exactly what she wanted to say.
she realllly wanted Santa to know that she can say all of her ABC's, and that she can draw circles, and smiley faces (yes the circles and smiley faces were drawn by Ellie.).
afterward, she was insistent that we put it in an envelope and send it to the north pole. so mail it, we did.
i like imagining what our mailman did with it... because of course i forgot to retrieve it before he came the next day.
so then we went and met Santa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom last weekend...because we didn't get a picture the first time way back when. she was so confused why we had to talk to him AGAIN if we already talked to him once AND mailed him a letter. "i already told him, Mama!", she'd say to me when i'd encourage her to tell him what to bring her.
which is true. she already told him.
so it comes as no surprise that Ellie would sit in the farthest spot away from Santa and cover her face with her sweater, because that way he might not see her.
and as always these days, Alice is just along for the ride. (same with us dorky parents).
one thing is for sure: Christmas is way more enjoyable with kids around.