Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We took a ride on the Polar Express...all the way to the Grand Canyon!

Well not really...the Polar Express goes to the North Pole of course! :) We had to rely on our own car to drive us the additional 60 minutes to get to the Grand Canyon. What a wonderful adventure and priceless memories we made on this trip! We've decided that we are going to make this an annual was THAT fun! The boys' favorite part was the train ride and waking up to tons of SNOW!! My favorite part was eating dinner by a roaring fire in a huge banquet room filled with children and adults all in their jammies! Why can't we do that more often? ;)

The lobby of our hotel was so beautifully decorated! It really made it feel like Christmas!

Logan and Carson with Grammy. (my mom)

We LOVED the fire in the lobby of our hotel! We spent a lot of time there!

Pretty cute boys if I do say so myself!

It was pouring rain so we were a bit soaked by the time we boarded the train!

We're ready to GO! (Next year Weston is sooo wearing his P.J.'s) ;)

Our singing waiters served us delicious chocolate chip cookies!

We finished those off with yummy HOT,HOT,HOT...HOT CHOCOLATE!

Reading along with the story...we're getting close!

We've arrived! Santa is waving to us from his sleigh!

Santa came aboard the train and gave all of the children a bell!

Checking their bells to see if they can hear them ring...yup they believe!

London was really excited to ring his bell...and Weston almost got wacked in the head!

On the ride home the entire train sang Christmas carols!

After dinner we took some pictures with Santa! By this point London was exhaused and wouldn't get near Santa with a 10 ft. pole!

Mrs. Claus was lovely of course!

The boys were entranced by this beautiful Christmas village.

On our short walk back to our room we paused to enjoy the Christmas lights and the rain turned to snow! I don't think the boys have ever been quite so excited! It really made the night feel magical!

This is what we awoke to the next morning...just beautiful!

So thankful for that warm fire so we could dry off!

Later that day our adventure continued at the Grand Canyon. This was my mom's, myself, and the 3 boys' 1st visit there! These pictures speak for themselves...breathtaking!


Mindi said...

Looks like so much fun. It really does sound magical. It makes me sad to think we missed it this year. We had planned on going the last weekend in November but things came up and it got cancelled. My kids are getting older and I wonder if they would still like it and actually put their pjs on and not be "too big" for it. Love all your pictures. You definitely got some great ones to remember the trip! 5 years now and I still haven't been to the Grand Canyon. Another on the to-do list! Yes, Weston must wear his jammies too next year!

Kelly and Jill Burk said...

What a fun trip!!! We too have the Polar Express and almost went on it this year but ran out of time. It's going to be our 1st priority next year.
I love that you wore your pj's... you rock! And what beautiful photos of the Grand Canyon! It is so great to see that your Mom joined all of you for the trip and the adventure, she looks so happy to be with her cute grandboys. I bet they charmed the socks right off her! :0)