Friday, December 12


Earlier this evening we took Charlotte to see Santa. It was a little spur of the moment. Judd had the day off today, so we picked Charlotte up from day care and headed over to Perimeter Mall. We figured that Friday at 5 o'clock might be a good time to go. Turns out we were right, there were only about 4 families in front of us. Charlotte really liked Santa and flashed her pearly whites right on cue:


As you can see, she is not in either one of her adorable Christmas dresses. She has two, one from each Grandmother. She looks fabulous in both. I even have matching tights and little mary janes to go with them. But what is she wearing in this picture? A cute, but dirty-from-all-day-at-day-care outfit.

I felt like a horrible mother looking around at the other children in line. Their mothers dressed them in red & green dresses and sweaters. My poor little rag-a-muffin was in pink flowers. Nothing says Christmas like pink flowers. I even considered running over to Hannah Andersen and buying her an adorable dress. But, then I remembered my Working Mother Mantra, "Ok is good enough".

I am learning quickly that "Ok is good enough". I look around my living room at my small, fake tree, barren mantle that has decorations still in bags beneath it, and my Christmas cards waiting to be addressed and sent out, and remember that none of this is what it is about. It is about Charlotte's first Christmas. I just want to soak up every minute of the next two weeks.


Sara said...

I am laughing and laughing at your description of your "ok is good enough" decorations. But, you are right on with your attitude. Please enjoy every single minute of your next two weeks of Charlotte's first Christmas. She is one lucky little girl to have a Mom and Dad who took her to see Santa. The picture is priceless.

Love you,

Rachel said...

Even in pink flowers, she must have been the cutest visitor Santa had all day!

Meredith said...

I think she looks adorable and I love the Santa at Perimeter (that's where I always went growing up!) :) I think you have the right attitude... Enjoy her first Christmas and don't worry about the small details! :)

Drena said...

So nice that she smiled and didn't mind that Santa was a stranger! Great photo!

Rebecca said...

She looks great! Despite not being in Christmas clothes, at least she is smiling. We went this morning - both guys in their matching Christmas outfits, and what did Liam do? He threw his hands in the air and screamed. Nice. I expected it though.

Emily said...

Lilly's first Christmas picture with Santa was when she was 2 months old. The ball on the end of Santa's hat was sitting on her head and she was screaming at the top of her lungs. Ahhh memories.

Allison D said...

I swear, she is like a little movie-star...I've never seen a baby that is so good with the camera! SHe's such a charmer!