We went on our 2nd annual Polar Express ride a little over a week ago. The kids could not wait! I love my little believers.
For a boy who loves trains, this steam train in Centralia did not disappoint. And it is pure magic with Santa and the North Pole involved too!
Hot cocoa and cookies!
Santa climbs aboard after we reached the North Pole and spends a few minutes with each family and passes out a bell.
Our best attempt at a group shot.
And seeing Santa one more time after returning to the station.
The only thing this boy has asked for Christmas is a bell. I think from the movie and book, and the bell being the "first gift of Christmas", he just assumes that is what everyone gets for Christmas. So sweet. And he was sure excited when he finally got his own! (Man, he'll be surprised on Christmas when he actually gets toys!) The bell was so much cooler this year too...weighted and jingly...just like it should be!
And I love these sweet messages from Addy. It's so fun to watch the light really come on and words become more than just sounds. It has just clicked, and she loves it. We write notes back and forth to each other on this message board in her room.
"Thanks for letting me [go] to the Polar Express"
"Please can I go to the Christmas Party"
It was a fun night, and the kids were all smiles. But much harder than last year with 4 kids instead of 3. Not like 25% harder, like 50% harder...not sure how that actually works. But throw in a baby and an overly excited 3 year old, and it feels like you have 10 kids. Despite the hassle of getting our crew ready and to the destination, it was worth it, as it always is. (It's just while I am chasing Rylan or shhh-ing Miles, and gathering 100 gloves, and 45 blankets, that I say we aren't doing this again until everyone is 20!)