Thursday, March 2, 2017

The North Pole Express 2016

On December 21, Max, my parents, and I took the kids the the North Pole Express in Grapevine, Tx. I bought these tickets in September! Kellyn and Rhett had been 2 times before when they were little and was nothing to write home about. They train just drove up the track then reversed backwards down the same track. Santa Clause would pass out jingle bells and that was about it. Then we all got off and went into a small tent to listen to story time while the children sat upfront by the stage. Fast forward about 6 years and they have completely revamped it!

They require you to arrive 1 hour before your scheduled departure time. So we got there at 4:00. It was sunny when we got there, but dark by the time we got off the train. 

There are plenty of fun things to do now while you wait.

Then it was time to get our tickets. We got in line and got our 8 tickets! But then we had to keep waiting 30 more minutes. :(  Oh boy, trying to keep this one contained in line inside a tent was crazy! Thankfully my parents were there to help and we passed her from person to person. 

We finally boarded the train!!!
My little elf wearing his big brother's pajamas. :)
I got to sit with my best guy, Rhett Micah, while Max got stuck sitting with the climber. :)

My dad likes to take pictures of every even so i turned the camera on him so we don't forget he was there too. 

Priscilla got a little sleepy and came to Mommy. :)

Mrs. Claus handed out jingle bells and sat with us for a picture! But where was Santa?

Headed off the train. 
When we walk off the train and down the ramp it was snowing bubbles! Thick suds!
Well this should have been Christmas card, but we'll know better next year. 
After the snow we walked into a big tent to find Santa!! This was a huge production with singing and dancing elves and free melted chocolate snow at the end!
This was a far cry for just 5 years ago. 
By now it was close to 7:00 and someone was getting tired and not so sure of everything she was seeing. 
Photo op on the way out of the tent. This would have been another good Christmas card. 
Well maybe not this one. :)
Standing on top of a present while we waited for the bus to take up back to our car. 
Afterwards we went to eat dinner at Fudruckers.
Look at Rhett's eyes from 2012 and 2017 infant of the same tree at Fudruckers. They are slanted the same direction. :) Kellyn was 6 and Rhett was 2 1/2. Now they are 10 and 7 1/2. 
OH how things have changed over 5 years!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

School's Out for Christmas! Day 1

We had a weird schedule this year. The kids had to go to school 1 day, Monday, December 19. It was just a day for their "Happy Birthday, Jesus" parties and then we were out on break. 
So the story behind Rhett's cap is that his dad took him Christmas shopping to pick out gifts for siblings and grandparents and he ended up buying himself a very large Puma cap with his own money! πŸ˜‚He cannot stop wearing it! He said he'll take it off in the classroom but put it back on at recess. πŸ˜‚ And instead of wearing the cute reindeer shirt I bought him he chose this Grinch shirt for the Happy Birthday, Jesus party. πŸ˜‚ I love him the way he is. My kids have their own style.

Then there is this one. She has begun throwing herself down on the ground and stretching out and screaming when she doesn't get what she wants. This is what it looks like when you tell her she can't play with the dangerous cleaning chemicals under the sink. 

The next day was Tuesday, December 20, our first official day of Christmas break so I asked my mom if she would watch the little kids for me so I could enjoy at day with just my big kids. We went to the Gaylord in Grapevine!

Cupcakes and hot chocolate after ICE!

Then some sledding!

That same night was Kellyn's Christmas performance. It's nothing fancy. They actually call it a show off night to show what all they do in their dance classes then perform a dance to a Christmas song.