Whispering Pines Photography
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I love living in a small town (or rather collection of small towns that make up one community). Whether it's being able to avoid traffic headaches, the kids having more freedom outside, or community events, there is just a certain charm that small towns have to offer that big cities cannot match. One such community event is when our courthouse hosts a Christmas open house each year, complete with Santa being there for all of the kids to see.
Poor Santa! We bombarded him with 7 kids! We missed a few of the grandkids/great-grandkids in the younger group from my husband's family, but we had a pretty good representation! And, no, they never all would look at me at once ... sometimes you take what you can get and at least none of them were running away at that point, lol.
Poor Sawyer! He got woken up from a nap to head out there and just wasn't too sure about this whole Santa/leave mommy's arms thing. The group picture of all 7 kids? Yeah, he was in the shot because my mom sat down with him in her lap and then got him to stand up and just kind of pushed him over towards Santa.
Cayleigh has always been my child who was not a fan of Santa. Her 2nd Christmas (as a 1 year old), the only way we got her in the shot was when my mother-in-law held her behind Santa (still crying). Her 2 year old year, she fell asleep and then we put her in Santa's lap (still one of my favorite Santa pictures of my kids). Last year, Sawyer LOVED Santa but Cayleigh would only get within a few feet of him to give him the stare-down. Needless to say, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this year she's Santa's biggest fan! Thank goodness, because this shot happened while holding a still-upset Sawyer.
It didn't take Seanna long to start giving Santa her list of what she wants for Christmas. I will say, she has a pretty short list this year and has been really focusing on what she can do to make Christmas special for others, so I'm proud of her.
Justis was a fan of Santa this year, too. He wasn't too sure about this whole Santa at the courthouse thing ... he wanted to see the "real" Santa, not just one of Santa's helpers who dresses up like him. I guess he decided this Santa was alright.
I am really proud of Landon here. He's at that age where most kids start giving issues about believing in Santa and whatnot. He's been such a big help, though, with keeping the younger kids' belief in Santa going and with getting in the holiday spirit. Here, he could have decided he was "too cool" for Santa, but he just jumped right in for a picture (even if he couldn't decide where to look between all of us taking pictures).
Damien wasn't quite so sure about the whole Santa thing, but we did convince him to at least stand next to Santa for a picture.
Lincoln was perhaps one of our most adorable moments with Santa ... until he discovered that Nichole ("mom") had moved away to try to get a picture herself. Then he was "bye-bye, Santa, I'm heading back to my mom." Either way, a good keepsake.
Dancing to the holiday music.
When your mom is the photographer for the group, you end up having to be in extra pictures. I wanted a shot of all 3 of mine together. Sawyer was finally awake and, after seeing everyone else having fun with Santa, decided that maybe he wasn't so bad.
Which meant that I got my shot of him in Santa's lap after all.
Santa wasn't just for the kids! Laura and Nichole got into the fun.
Cayleigh was a very satisfied customer. Seanna decided to play "frozen" for a moment. Which was made even funnier by the fact that she has no clue about the mannequin challenge going around.