Okay usually when Hazel sees someone new she hides behind me or Jonathan and peaks her head around my bum. She thinks that my bum can save her from these strangers. She is all into the "stranger danger" and usually has to be around someone for a while to be convinced that they are okay.
So when we were heading to see Santa, I was a bit apprehensive. I was thinking that Jonathan or I would have to sit with her with Santa in order to get a decent picture.
As soon as we saw him before getting in line her jaw dropped open and you could just see the magic in her eyes. It was the best moment. That look in her eyes was worth ALL the stress from the holidays. She clearly believed that this was THE Santa and SHE was going to be able to talk to him. She was so excited. So Jonathan got in line (he was a grown man going to see Santa by himself... real winner ;)) and my mom, Hazel, and I went into Macy's to get a couple things and Jonathan called when he was getting close so we came back. Hazel had to wait for about 5 minutes.
Then it was her turn.
I was nervous. She was excited.
Let me back track to when we were in Macy's.
Cashier: (Talking to Hazel) "Oh, you're so pretty! Are you going to see Santa?"
Hazel: (shyly while hiding my behind my legs) "yes!"
Cashier: "what are you going to ask Santa for?"
Hazel: "MONEY AND CHOCOLATE!!"
Needless to say, I raised my girl right.
Well it was her turn and she jumped right up in his chair like he was her oldest friend.
It totally melted my heart.
She was the perfect little girl. She just sat there and smiled at whoever said "Hazel look over here." The "photographer" even commented on how well she did. She also thought Hazel was 4... she's only 2. She'll be 3 on March 24.
Then it was time to tell Santa what she wanted
Money and chocolate. At least she didn't say 5 puppies like she originally wanted.
I can deal with chocolate and money :)
Then we took a family pic. I wish we would have gotten a better background but oh well!
Then it was cookie time!! :)
That American Cookie Company are so incredibly smart. Putting their stand right beside where Santa is? Whoever had that idea deserves a raise.
Mini Double Doozy goodness.
Then we were going to ride The Pink Pig (a indoor "roller coaster" that is basically a train) but the line was RIDICULOUS. I wish I would have gotten a picture. It was insane. So we left and went to see Hazel's Pa at the fire station. She loves to go there and see the fire trucks and he even took us on a ride in the fire truck.
It was a great day :)