We decided to surprise the kids and take them on the Polar Express. We decided this back in June (you have to book early to do the train and the hotel), hoping we'd see some snow around Christmas. Who knew that up to three inches would fall in our neighborhood during the 24 hours we were gone. Oh well.
Just like in the book, all the kids (and most grownups including me) wear Pajamas aboard the Polar Express. Here are the girls in the lobby of the the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
The snow fell (hard at times) before our 8 PM train ride. Note the fresh snow on the tracks. It was so perfect (magical?) as there was nothing on the ground when we arrived. A Hollywood writer couldn't have scripted it any better.
Here comes the train!
The number of our car was the same as our hotel room. Well, one of our hotel rooms. We obviously need two rooms for both fire code and sanity reasons.
For some, the train ride was a little too soothing. Bellamy fell asleep right after the hot chocolate.
And just like the book, the first gift of Christmas was a bell presented by Santa himself. A bell for Bell (we call Bellamy "Bell".
The next best part of the trip (according to the girls) was playing in the snow the next day. Check out Delaney's snowball above the second main branch of the tree the left. If I could just get these girls to not jump when the they throw.
Run away! Campbell is gonna get you!
Chloé gets in on the action and rapidly becomes snowball fodder. Dad doesn't jump...or miss...when he throws.
Time to leave...The remote start feature of the Surburban is really nice. Almost everything melted off the car by the time we got in to leave.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!