Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Week - Part 1 - Polar Express

We are finally back from our Thanksgiving break vacation! It was a great week! We went from Grand Canyon to Avondale (Phoenix) to Chatsworth (the Valley). A lot of driving but worth every bit of it. We had a great time just with the 4 of us at the Grand Canyon and then visiting family at Avondale & Chatsworth.

I'll start with our 1st stop - Williams, AZ to go on the Polar Express Train. It was a long day of driving but it was all worth it. When we arrived to Williams, it was just a small town on the way to the Grand Canyon. As soon as we arrived at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, we saw the Grand Canyon Train and I got excited for our big night. As it got dark, you could feel the holiday spirit. Holiday lights were everywhere and you saw the Polar Express stuff everywhere. The boys were so excited when they found out about the Polar Express. Trevor, my oldest son, couldn't wait to go on the Polar Express. During dinner he just wanted to hop on the train.

Finally its 8 pm and we line up for our Polar Express train ride. We all wait for our train to arrive and both boys get excited as we see the Polar Express coming. Yeah!! As the Polar Express comes near, you can see the "hot chocolate" chefs waving to all us incoming passengers. Trevor gets so excited. He tells me that they are waving to him. On board the train, you are greeted with music from the Polar Express. Everything about this night was just so magical. We all got chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate, just like the children did on the Polar Express. We also went through a special lighted tunnel that brought us to the North Pole. And after the tunnel, we arrived at the North Pole. All the kids were so excited to see Santa and his elf. Santa then boarded our train and visited with all the kids. And both Trevor & Tyler were just so excited to wait for their turn with Santa. You can hear all these bells ringing throughout the train and my boys have no clue what the bells are from. When Santa finally visited with Trevor & Tyler, they were so excited. Santa gave them each a special bell, just like the one from the movie. We all also received special Polar Express "Believe" tickets before leaving the train. The night was great!

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