December 3rd, we drove to Hood River, Oregon, about 78 miles east of our home to board the Polar Express train at the Mt. Hood Railroad. With great anticipation Sofia kept saying all day long, "Mom, we're going to the North Pole today and I'm going to meet Santa Claus!" Off we went for a 2-hour train ride to the North Pole and yes, we met Santa Claus!
While we waited for the train to depart we took funny pictures:
Then the Train Conductor announced the departure to the North Pole:
and off we went, drinking hot cocoa and indulging in sugar cookies (the kiddos in their jammies):
Soon after, a Narrator began to tell the story of the Polar Express:
Before we knew it, we had arrived at the North Pole!
Santa Claus quickly boarded the train and put Sofia on his lap to ask her about all of the things she wants for Christmas:
he gave her the famous bell just like in the story:
and a giant hug good-bye.
Santa quickly grabbed Sydnei to hold her and talk to her...she of course had to stare him down and figure out what he was all about:
It must have all been a lot for her, she pooped out sitting on my lap as we rode back to the station:
and so it was, the story of the Polar Express was really special, the North Pole was spectacular and Santa is definitely making a trip to Nana and Grandpa's house where we will be this year!