This year I had planned the kids Santa photo with expert precision, or so I thought.
I knew I had equal chances this year that Ari was old enough to want to see Santa again. He is very social and not one to miss out on anything. Of course, whatever happened with him I would still have to get Leni in on her first Santa photo.
I said nothing in the lead up.
The morning I had been pondering on I decided to just bite the bullet. Today we were off to see Santa because how else would he know what you want for Christmas! We seemed to have lift off.
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I dressed the kids in my planned outfits. Ari in a nice pair of shorts and a simple black t-shirt that said ‘Will trade sister for presents!’ He was happy with that. I like a bit of fun in photos and could just see them looking back and laughing. Also I thought it was setting the photo up for classic gold if Leni looses it on Santa’s lap.
For Leni, I had in a cute Christmas frill onesie and a pair of sweet gold and white moccasins from Happy Feet Happy Baby. She was super darling! You must say that last bit in a posh accent or take it to Jeanne Little.
Baby shoes are so hard. I would say that one pair in three* that I have bought the kids have been wearable. My problem is that they are so bloody cute! I want to buy them all, practical or not.
I had once bought Ari a pair of baby moccasins but I couldn’t get them on his feet. That is the thing with baby shoes, they have to open right up or else it is never going to work. They also need to be firm enough around the ankle so they don’t get kicked off easily.
When Happy Feet Happy Baby contacted me asking if they could send a pair of their shoes for Leni, I immediately said yes. My Instagram feed is filled with baby moccasin companies because I just love them but after buying Ari’s pair that were just ridiculous to get on I didn’t want to waste my money.
I was very happy to discover this with Happy Feet Happy Baby leather moccasins…
Not only is the elastic ankle very flexible, the sides are not joined so the shoe completely opens in half, making putting them on Leni a breeze.
Look at her! My heart goes boom boom! She even picked a matching Spiderman torch.
Cute outfits – check
Excited children – hmmm one is a teething 9 month old so not so much but Ari is because bribery has come into play and he is getting a present after he sees Santa.
At the shops my plan of attack was head straight there. We chatted all the way about the Christmas decorations and why Santa sits in the shops. He was fine.
There is only one family before us when we reach the line. Winning!
So how did I end up with this…
One child. NO SHOES!
What Happy Feet Happy Baby moccasins don’t come with is an alarm system that alerts you when you are running out the door WITH ONLY ONE OF THEM IN YOUR BAG!
I had taken Leni’s shoes off at home and popped them in my bag because we had to do some other things before leaving.
As I fumbled around in my bag looking for Leni’s shoes to pop on her as we waited for the other family to finish, panic started to boil up and the realisation of what I had done sunk in.
I just about canned the whole thing.
The reason I didn’t though was the other missing piece of this photo. My screaming 3-year-old, who by this time had hidden himself underneath an a-frame sign, was causing such a scene I could never come back and do this again! EVER!
Well this year anyway.
Santa looks suitably unimpressed.
I hear you Santa.
Happy Feet Happy Baby sent me their Gold Rush Baby Moccasins to review. I am instantly in love (and so are you if my Instagram is anything to go by) with their soft leather and sweet design. They come in a range of other styles. I kind of have my eye on these beauties too.
*This stat may have been adjusted in case my husband happens to read this post.
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