Monday, November 22, 2010

I love this time of year!

How could you not? To start...yesterday was my birthday!! I'm proud to say I'm 33 years young! I'm one of thouse people that LOVES birthdays, so I have no issues with my age! It helps that my husband is older than me, and most of my friends are older than me! Just say'n!

I love, love, love the holidays and all that come with it! I love the gathering of family & friends, fabulous food as far as the eye can see, snow on the grounds, using Santa as a bribery mechonism, ohh, did I just say that? Anyway, one of our favorite Christmas storys is the Polar Express. And thanks to Grandma & Grandpa, we got to ride on it!! There is a town about 200 miles away called Hood River, Or. that decks out one of their trains for a few weekends so that the Polar Express can come to life. It was so much fun watching Gracie's facial expressions. She truely BELIEVES! We got the shirt that says so! Here are a few pictures from our Polar Express adventure.

We boarded the Polar Express to find a hot chocolate mug and a plate of cookies for each one of us!

Gracie got her ticket ready because the Conductor was coming around to punch everyones tickets!

He made it "snow" on her head! She thought that was pretty cool!!

Jake got some "snow" too! He was not as impressed as Gracie was!

Then the Conductor announced that there was a bum (the ghost from the story) on the train and to watch for him so the Conductor could kick him off!

There he is!

We had to stop because there were caraboo on the tracks!

Then the Conductor announced that Santa had boarded the train!!

Santa gave each of the kids a bell...Gracie instantly jiggled it to make sure she still believed!

See, still making sure she believes!!

"Mom, I believe...I really do", almost with tears in her eyes. She was so excited! It was about the sweetist thing she has ever done!

It was a great trip! Thank you Grandma & Grandpa!