Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Polar Express

We took the kids up to Heber on Thursday to ride the "Polar Express". They transform the Heber Creeper (an old train for all you non-Utahns) in to the PE. My boys really like this movie and Xadun LOVES trains, so we were excited to go.

Part of riding the Polar Express is that you have to wear your jammies (well you don't HAVE to, but it adds to the fun), so we went and got some new warm jammies at the outlets before we went on to Heber. We all got them so even us adults were wearing jammies (not many other parents followed suit :S)

The trains cars, there were about 10 of them, were all packed. Initially we got on the wrong one. We didn't know there were assigned cars. Oops!

When we figured out we were on the wrong one, we had to run to the other end to get on the right one. It was worth it, though. The seats were nicer and this car was much more entertaining.

We had our own tour guide that made it a lot more fun than if we had just sat there. She played music, told jokes, read us the book, etc.

We also had our own elf helpers, Mistle Toe and Marshmellow. They helped pass out the cookies, hot chocolate, and books, among other things. They also told us a few jokes and led us in the "12 Days of Christmas".

On our way to the North Pole, in addition to having cookies and hot chocolate, we also got to meet Mrs. Claus. She gave us the recipe for the hot chocolate and said Hi to all the kids.

(Sorry about the red eye, I didn't fix them first)

When we arrived at the North Pole, we picked up Santa and headed back to Heber. Santa of course said hi to all the kids and made sure to pass out the bells to all that believed.

Can't forget about the conductor who came through and punched the tickets, but it was just one hole, not a whole word.

It was a great night to get away and let the kids do something fun. We stayed up at the condo in Midway for a couple of nights just to make it the full getaway.


No Buckaroos said...

How fun!

Morgan said...
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Morgan said...

That looks like a lot of fun. What a great thing to do with the kids!

Good luck with the gym and house. I bet you will be happy to finally settle in and get back to a less crazy schedule. It seems like it would be very hectic.

p.s. It was me that deleted my own comment just now. I spelled "kids" wrong and it was bugging me. :)

tawnya & landon said...

That looks like a fun thing to do!

Skinner Family said...

Some of my friends were just talking about this last week... the Heber Creeper being turned into the Polar Express and something about a Santa waving at the train from the mountain? this is what they were telling me anyway. lol.

that looks like SO much fun!!! the boys must have loved that.

is that is your mom in the picture? she has your smile.