Earlier this week, Wrigley and I snuck out for some time alone. Something that hasn’t happened in way too long!
Our date of choice – holiday shopping at the Mall of America.
It has been on my to-do list to stop by Ikea for ages, which happens to be across the street from the good ol’ MOA, so we made a trek out of it.
Cam is not yet on solids, and never did take a bottle, so we had to be efficient with our outing, but still had a blast getting in some one-on-one time together!
First, and most important stop, the Lego Store!
Wrigley had a bit of cash he wanted to spend, and he picked out some Christmas gifts for others while we were there.
Second stop – obviously Starbucks.
Christmas cake pop.
No further words necessary.
We ran in a few more stores, but not without taking advantage of all the fun displays that were up for the holidays.
Wrigley kept posing next to things, including just a regular tree, asking me to take his picture. I think he was loving the center of attention situation.
We were just about to leave, when I saw an elf looking rather lonely down near the Santa side of the lower level. I have never taken the kids to meet Santa, because the guy really freaks me out. But I thought – what the heck, lets round out this Christmas outing with a visit to Saint Nick.
Wrigley was somewhat whatever about the dude. He told him he wanted a spooky Lego set, and then Santa (and the photographer) awkwardly kept working on poses for the “perfect shot”. It was weird, and annoying, and so not what a trip to Santa should be about. But apparently malls gotta make that money money this time of year.
He did give Wrigley a special gold coin that was a cute keepsake from the experience. But I don’t foresee Wrigley asking to visit him again.
We beat traffic and came home to dinner already made, and two calm brothers who were excited to see us.
As Cam gets a bit older and less reliant on me for food, I am hoping for more opportunities for one-on-one time with Wrigley and Parker.