Saturday, January 21, 2012

Christmas in AZ Part 3: The Polar Express

Papa and Grandma Manwaring had a very special surprise planned this year....


So the night before, all the grandkids got to open a special present from Grandma and Papa...a train ornament because they were going to ride the real Polar Express the next day in Flagstaff!!

The next day we packed up after taking family pictures and lunch, loaded into two vans, an SUV,
and a Corolla, and drove on up, singing and laughing
(though some were supposed to be napping).

It was awesome. I am so glad that we got to do that, and I know that all the kids loved it even more. Pajama wearing was encouraged, and all our little boys and little girls matched :)

Jackman and Mommy waiting for the train to come

James and Daddy
"Hi train!!"

All aboard!

The train ride was just like in the book, where there were chefs who served us cookies and hot chocolate, we got to go to the North Pole, and Santa even came on board and gave every child a silver bell from his sleigh.

Mommy with two excited and happy boys

A few shots of the family sipping hot cocoa

Matching jammies, seeing the North Pole out the window,
and Santa on the train!!

My sleepy boys on the train
This is so precious, my whole world on all asleep on one little seat.

All the grandkids in the jammies.
Elisa, Kaylee, Lydia, Ryan, James, Kayla, Emma, and Jackman

A HUGE shout-out and THANK YOU to Mom and Dad Manwaring.
This trip was a memory maker, that is for sure!