Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Polar Express

We were all so excited to go on the Polar Express (I have been waiting for a child old enough so I could go) and after making reservations back in August, it was finally here! We picked Mimi (Gammie's new name according to Rylie which means its ok with Gammie to now be called Mimi!) up from the airport and headed to Williams, AZ. My parents and Jeff and Laura also came on the trip.

After dinner and checking into our hotel, we headed to the train station to take some pictures, let Rylie see Mrs. Claus and Santa (yeah, not a fan this time around!) and then waited to board the train to the North Pole. I have to say that I loved Rylie's pjs, robe, and beanie that we got for this trip. :)

Once we got on the train, they handed out cookies and hot cocoa. Rylie, of course, loved both. We had brought our copy of the "Polar Express" book so that she could follow along while they read the book. She loved looking at the lights as we arrived at the North Pole and waved to Santa and his elf. It was so fun to watch her take everything in and how excited she got about the little things. 

Santa then boarded the train as we headed back and handed out bells to all of the kids. Not unlike the train station, Rylie was not a fan of Santa (she spider monkeyed up Mimi's arm as soon as he got to her), but she loved (and still loves) the bell. On the way back they sang Christmas carols and this was by far Rylie's favorite part (as you can see below).

The whole experience was so fun and we hope to make it an annual Christmas tradition!

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