It can be hard to get one toddler to smile for a picture, let alone 20, but these moms pulled off the impossible in their recent visit to the mall.
Santa Claus had no idea what he was in for when he sat in his chair at the Woodfield Mall in Illinois.
Stacy Kifer, co-founder of "Chicago Twin Moms," a parenting group for moms with multiples under the age of two, organized 20 toddlers and their moms for a very special holiday picture.
"At some point, we realized that parenting newborn twins is a little bit isolating," said Kifer. "Our online groups became an outlet to discuss the highs and lows of parenting multiples, and we decided that we should get together and meet each other in real life."
Their group started out small, with just five moms and their twins meeting for lunch. Now the group has larger meet-ups and even manage to snag some child-free time.
"Last month, we went to a wine and painting event," said Kifer. "Our husbands have all been very supportive of us and our outings."
Since they share the same experiences, they can relate to each-others' daily lives the way many others can't.
"They all have similarly aged children, so they are living a very similar experience," she said. "We can talk through both our challenges as well as things we've found that work well. We can share tips like 'Don't buy any gifts for your toddler that include a hammer or sticks.'"
So when they went to see Santa, you can imagine the look of surprise on his face.