Dear Jack: Meeting Santa With Sophie At Bass Pro Shop (Lexus RX 450h Weekend)

Dear Jack: Meeting Santa With Sophie At Bass Pro Shop (Lexus RX 450h Weekend)

4 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

Two years ago, when you had just turned 2, Mommy and I took you to go meet Santa Claus for the first time at the Bass Pro Shop in Nashville.

Last year you expressed zero interest in seeing Santa again, so we let you off the hook.

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

But this year, your best friend Sophie just happened to be visiting Nashville again since she moved nearly a year ago, in February.

As expected, you brought your illuminating sword we had bought you the night before at Marvel Universe Live. Just as appropriate on her end, Sophie brought her Anna doll.

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

I enjoyed watching the two you play together in front of the fish tank with your gender-specific toys.

Having still an hour to go before your appointment with Santa, we decided to hang out at the Lexus RX 450h that our family was reviewing this week.

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

With Sophie’s 4th birthday on December 21st, we decided to give her both her birthday and Christmas gifts there in the back of the Lexus; which sort of transformed into a stage, as we parents watched the endearing entertainment.

Your birthday gift to Sophie was very special; a penguin from Whole Foods- the exact same one as you have, who you named Pingy.

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

We still had a solid 30 minutes or so after, so we headed back into Bass Pro Shop to check out the activities for kids; like coloring funny pictures, racing cars, engineering trains, and “hunting.”

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

When it came time to go see Santa, we learned that Sophie is troubled by gloves; she just doesn’t like them.

So I explained to Santa and he agreed to remove them for the picture, which he gladly agreed to as he did his best to hide the confused look in his eyes and as I tried not to laugh. Notice the picture below of him removing them…

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

As you can see from the picture at the very top, Santa was wearing no gloves for the picture of you and Sophie on his lap.

And of all random things, the one and only thing you asked Santa for was… a pinball machine.

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

Yes, a pinball machine. Granted, our new house is going to have more space than our town house that we’ve been living in all these years, but still, I don’t think you’re exactly sure of what a pinball machine really is.

Turns out, I learned that last week your teacher Ms. Michelle created a pinball machine concept for your class to play with. So that’s where you got the idea. Now to figure out how I’m going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling “small pinball machines”…

I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

Fun and unforgettable memories were made, that’s for sure. And if it all works out, we’ll be visiting Sophie again the day after Christmas, while reviewing another Lexus.

Love,

Daddy

Catch up on the entire series of the Lexus RX 450h Weekend. A lot of exiciting things happened!

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I've been wondering all weekend why Jack asked Santa for a pinball machine. In fact, it was the only thing he asked Santa for. Today when I picked Jack up from school, I learned why. His teacher Ms. Michelle created one for their class to play with. Now to figure out how I'm going to arrange that with Santa. Time for me to start Googling "small pinball machines"...

The Obligatory Facebook Picture Of Your Kid With Santa

December 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm , by 

2 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack,

Yesterday Mommy and I took you to the Bass Pro Shop to get your picture made (for free!) with Santa. Despite our low expectations about how you would react, it went very well…

We were first in line, out of hundreds. More importantly, to my surprise, you didn’t cry.

Granted, I warned/prepared you all week:

“Jack, do you want to meet Santa on Saturday? Do you want Santa to hold you?”

Your response was always a grunted version of yes.

The more I thought about the concept all week, the more I realized how going to meet Santa Claus is sort of…peculiar.

There is no other situation where parents encourage their kids to sit on a stranger’s lap and get their picture taken.

At best, it compares a little bit to Halloween; how parents take their kids around the neighborhood peddling for candy. Under any other circumstances, that would never happen.

Still, I think going to visit Santa is a very cool and memorable thing.

Something that especially stood out to me when we met Santa at the Bass Pro Shop is that the last thing he said to you was “I love you.” And he said it like he meant it; like a grandfather would say it. He said it like he was waiting for a response.

I think about all the children who went after you in the Santa line. Not all of them hear “I love you” from a father figure as much as you do.

So here it is; this is the obligatory picture of you with Santa that I shared on Facebook. You may not remember it happening. Either way, I’m sure we’ll be back at Bass Pro Shops again for your Santa picture next year.

 

Love,

Daddy