Friday, December 11, 2009

All Aboard!

Last weekend we went up North to the Polar Express. This was our second time going.

The Polar Express is in Williams, Arizona, just North of Flagstaff. It is run by the Grand Canyon Railway. During the holidays the train turns into the Polar Express. You can buy a package which includes a dinner buffet, tickets for the train, one night stay in the hotel and a breakfast buffet the next morning. It's a pretty good deal!

The train travels from Williams, AZ to "The North Pole". While heading to the North Pole you get to listen to the story of the Polar Express, drink hot chocolate and eat cookies and sing Christmas carols. Once the train reaches the North Pole the kids get a surprise visit from Santa Clause and each child gets a bell.

It is such a fun experience! Last year Janelle loved it. Evan, being only three and being...well....Evan made the trip a little stressful. This year was so much more enjoyable for everyone!

One of the highlights of going to the Polar Express is getting to see the snow. We don't get snow in Phoenix so it's a pretty fascinating sight to see! Since we have a had a very warm winter and hardly any rain it was really no surprise that there was no snow up North. I told Janelle that I was sorry there was no snow, because I knew she was disappointed. Her reply was "That's okay. Spending time with my family is all that matters". How did I get such a great kid??

Anyway, the next morning we woke up to see that it was snowing! In fact it was a full blown blizzard! We let the kids get in a little of their so desired play time and then decided to hit the road! Good thing because as the day went on the snow continued and we probably would have been stuck there had we waited much longer! I honestly do not know how people can deal with that kind of weather.

All in all it was a truly magical experience. For me being able to spend that time as a family is something I will always treasure!

I took TONS of pictures! These are just a select few!

He had to try out the bed as soon as we got in the room!

Evan being silly

This was Janelle's 3rd low about four hours into the trip

On the train!

Janelle is excited to see Santa!
Here he is!

The kids got their bells

Finally it snowed!!

Exhausted on the way home!


  1. It looks like a magical weekend!!!!!!!! LOVE THE PICS :) Maybe we should try to coordinate to go next year! We went a few years back and decided we needed to wait until Maya was a bit older.

    OH! And, BONUS!!!! The kitchen even dishes up GF food now!!!!!!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your happy happy pictures. Keep 'em coming!

  2. It honestly sounds wonderful! And you all look so happy and content...It's so great your family got some special happy family time together. AWESOME!

  3. Looks like so much fun! I agree with Wendy, we should coordinate a group trip! It would be so much fun!

  4. Wowwwww!!! I wish they did something like that where we live :( It looks AMAZING!!!