Saturday, November 26, 2011

Riding the Santa Express!

A few weeks ago, I bought tickets for a special train ride in Boone, Iowa.  When we told Jackson about this special trip we had planned, he was about to burst!  BUT the train ride almost didn't happen for him.  He has been having a lot of trouble following directions at home and was on the verge on losing this very special event if he didn't shape up.  Luckily, he was able to pull himself together and do much better the last couple of days so this afternoon (after nap) we got in the minivan and went to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Museum to ride up to the "North Pole" to see Santa on the Santa Express!!  Here are some pictures of our fun afternoon...

The best moment for me when when the train was starting to move and Peyton (who was in my lap) all of a sudden started to smell very ripe (if you know what I mean).  My heart dropped and I thought I was going to have to change a dirty diaper right there in the middle of the train with no way out and no escape from the smell!  Luckily, he was just passing gas!  THANK GAWD!  LOL.

Once we arrived at the North Pole (after about 15 minutes of the train going down the track and all of us singing Christmas Carols and listening to a story) the train stopped and Santa got on board!  He came around to all of the kids on the train and gave everyone a bell.  Then we all got a yummy sugar cookie and a cup of hot chocolate!  Then we sang more songs as the train went back to the station.  It was a very fun experience and Jackson was on cloud 9 for the whole experience.  He couldn't quite figure out why there was no snow at the "North Pole" but we told him it was a bit early for snow there and he seemed to be happy with that answer.  :-)

Here is a quick video I shot on the train after Santa gave the boys their gifts...

Anyway, we would highly recommend this event for those with young children!  Enjoy!

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