With Nora's impending arrival, we've had to move around some of our annual holiday experiences...and our Polar Express train ride was one of them. We headed down yesterday afternoon for a fun evening fill with Hubby's family, a fun train ride, hot chocolate, and cookies...and we even managed to have an unseasonable snow fall which made it feel even more appropriate to be heading to the "North Pole."
|Thankfully I got a great momma/daughter selfie!|
|And Hubby toasted with our nephew Jackson!|
|Elyse wasn't even real excited about the staff members waving at us as we left the depot...|
|Poor girl...she wasn't the happiest girl on the train!|
|But she was pretty excited as the conductor stamped her ticket with an "E"...and she even told him her name!|
|We read along during the reading of "The Polar Express"|
|And we ate the whipped cream off the hot chocolate with our fingers...|
|We looked at the Christmas light displays outside of the train...|
|And we briefly joined Mamaw & Pappy to see Santa & his dancing elves on the other side of the train.|
|She also actually gave a little wave to Mr. Claus and his elves!|
And then it was time for the Big Guy to make his appearance...Hunter (our oldest nephew) played along like a champ, even though I don't really think he can hear the bell ringing anymore!
But Jackson was THRILLED and even had a list all ready to share with Santa!
Elyse actually reached out to take the bell from Santa...and while she refused to take a picture with him...
Santa was tricky and decided that he would take a picture with her, even if she had no idea it was happening!
|The best we could do for a family picture...silly, cheesy Elyse!|
|And I absolutely adore this photo...my Hubby & his momma! Such a precious, precious, lady!|
After our train ride we had a nice family pizza dinner on the Branson Landing and then headed home...it was a fabulous night, and Elyse had a blast even though it was freezing cold! She sure does love her cousins!