The big day is upon us, I think we are more excited about this than Christmas yesterday. We are leaving on our trip to Maryland, with a bunch of stops in between. We packed most the car last night and woke up bright and early to get a start on the day. The girls knew that we were headed to North Carolina today, but they had NO IDEA that they were going on the Polar Express that evening. I was the designated driver for this leg of the trip. Daddy and I decided to trade off driving. Since we left when it was still dark outside we were hopeful that you ladies would go back to sleep...that did not happen. We told you that once the sun came up that we would start a movie for you on the new dvd players that Santa brought you for Christmas. We held true to our promise and shortly after 8am we turned on the movies for you. We had lots of snacks and such in the car so we just had some snacks so we could get a little further on the trip before stopping for lunch.
Dinner was good and we had a little time before we need to get in line to board the train, so we explored the train depot a little.
While we were waiting in line the train came into the station. Everyone was so excited to see the train.
We patiently waited our turn and then it was time to board the train. It was so exciting.
Being on the train was just like being in the movie. However, we had a very special job to do on our train ride. Since we were going on December 26, we had the very special job of taking Santa back to the North Pole. It was a very big responsibility and we were all excited that we got to do it. When the train started you ladies were given the job to hand out the books that had the songs that we were going to sing.
We sang several songs and then the conductor came by to punch your tickets. You ladies wondered why he did not punch letters on your ticket like in the movie.
Shortly after the conductor punched your tickets we were told that Santa was coming to visit our train car. It was so cool for you ladies to talk with Santa and thank him for your presents. He spent a few minutes talking with you and reminding you to be good so that he can come visit you next year. He also gave you the magical bell.
After Santa came we were almost to the North Pole. Pulling into the North Pole was pretty amazing and exciting. It was beautiful. We stopped to let Santa off and then toured the North Pole. We saw where Santa and Mrs. Clause lived, where the toy factory was, where the reindeer's lived, where the elves live and frosty's house.
After dropping Santa off at the North Pole the hot chocolate song came on and they handed out hot chocolate. It was so yummy.
And before we knew it we were back at the train station. You ladies loved going on the polar express and we are so glad that we were able to do this. We headed back to our hotel and had a nice sleep. The next day we were headed to Virginia. Can't wait to see what adventures were in store for us there.