I totally had my shit together. We were up early, the kids were clean and dressed in snazzy clothes.
I had a plan!
I told them we were off to take some cute Christmas photos and then I promised them chocolate chip pancakes if we could make it through as team players.
Fountain Square mall is always so gorgeous around the holidays, and one of my fave places to take holiday pictures. We showed up with a game plan.
And the doors were locked.
For real. It was Sunday, not Saturday like I was thinking. Of course. So the mall doors didn’t open until noon.
I had four well-dressed, but hungry kids. And no place to take a nice photo.
So we left, defeated, to feed them pancakes.
I did make J pull over to the side of the road along the way to snag this photo.
And it truly is such an accurate representation of the four of them.
B with his glasses sliding down his nose, wearing his button up shirt uniform that he’s dawned since he started dressing himself as a toddler. His arm around his little brother, because even though they butt heads, he loves him something fiercely.
M with his chupi in his mouth, a huge smile on his face, looking at something else because he’s always so busy and distracted.
Bean, smiling, but totally not willing to look at the camera because she has a mind of her own and gives zero fucks about what others may want out of her. I guess, pretty much the kinda girl I want her to do be.
And Miss H. Focused. Ready to get the job done. Protectively holding her baby sister so she doesn’t leap off the age, and keeping her eye on the prize throughout. The epic oldest child.
After we feasted on pancakes, we did return to the mall later for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus since the kids wanted to do so. There were way too many people around to take any decent photos with all the decorations, but I guess we will call it a win anyway.