We’re on the tail end of Haley believing in Santa. She’s 8 1/2 and questioning everything (thank you kids at school!)

I’ve been sort of sad about it. I don’t know why, really. I mean, obviously we don’t want our kids to believe forever, because…well, that would be weird. But I just love the fun, excitement, and magic of it all. It just marks another milestone of her getting older.

So, in an effort to curb her skepticism, Paul came up with this brilliant idea, using our iPhones.

And it totally worked!  [click to read more…]


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