Friday, December 7, 2012

The Polar Express

Last night was the annual Polar Express at the Historic Railpark and Museum.  We look forward to taking Eli every year because the kids get to dress up in Christmas PJ's and board the train for a reading of the famous book. 


Here's my sweet boy proudly showing off his ticket.  This was after we indulged in cookies and hot chocolate. I wonder how much longer I'll be able to find footed PJs for him?


Once we left the depot to board the train, the kids were greeted with "snow." Seeing as it never snows in the South, you should know that it was fake.  Nonetheless, Eli's reaction was priceless.


It's really fun because you have to walk through the entire train to make it to the dining cart where someone from the library reads The Polar Express.  Eli and Owen were so much more active this year, and of course, loved being together!


They are just the sweetest boys!  Owen's brother Parker is our new addition this year, and it's hard to believe that we'll have another baby in tow next year too.  I can't wait!



I was really having a rough day with the pregnancy, so this is probably the worst picture EVER of me.  However, seeing as it is our last Polar Express trip as a family of three, I had to document it. 


Eli was really good this year.  His behavior has certainly improved since 2010 when we went for the first time.  I'd like to take credit for that, but I think storytime at daycare may deserve it more. 



After the reading is complete, the kids line up to see Santa Clause as they're exiting the train.  As you can tell from this picture, Eli was just giddy with excitement!


The waiting was killing him...


ALAS!!  SANTA!!


They do such a good job making it feel real for the kiddos, from the "snow" to the real-life conductor.  This is undoubtedly one of my favorite holiday traditions with Eli.  I wonder if he'll still want to go and wear footed pj's when he's in high school. Ha! 




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