Ok...so we all know and love the movie A Christmas Story. Well we had our own little " Ralphie" moment this weekend at the Mall.
Last year when we took Bailey to see Santa, he was not impressed, but not worried either. This year he was great in the line (not that long, we got there Friday night, right as he was getting started). Pointing to all the trees, saying "tree" and "light" and "hot" (because yes, lights are hot :)
We get to Santa and he just stares at him. We put him in Santa's lap and he freezes up and looks at Santa and gets this terrified look on his face. That was the best pic they got before he started squirming and trying to get down.
So we didnt get the pic, it just wasnt that good, and as we were leaving, he saw the little train that they have set up. Oh he loved that! He watched it go and pointed and was just real impressed. So we went and got in line for that, again, no line since it was early. When the train stopped and everyone unloaded, he walked right up to and into the first little compartment. He was just jabbering away, looking all over, having a great time. I climbed into the tiny space with him and then the "Conductor" shut the door. Oh No. He stomped his little feet and tried to open the door. Well it locks from the outside for safety, so we were trapped! The train started out, and he whined for a moment, then we had fill out screams and crying, and tantrum. This was just no fun and he was not enjoying himself AT ALL!
We came around the track and Randy misinterpreted my waves for them to stop as waves of "Hi" and we went around again. There was no calming him down, he was not a happy camper. I had him ring the bell, I pointed out trees, pointed out all the happy people walking by in the mall. Alas, it was to no avail.
When we neared the starting point, I think Randy realized that it was time for the ride to stop (THANK GOD!) he had the Conductor stop the train and we off-loaded in a hurry! He was fine after that. All was well. The rest of the weekend was great.
I think we will try again with a new santa this week, see if I can trick him into a smile :)