Sunday, December 15, 2013

Polar Express filled weekend!

We had such a great time this weekend!  What a Winter Wonderland our home has turned into :)

First we bought tickets to the Momentum Arooostook & Wintergreen Arts Center Polar Express ride on Mollly the Trolley for The King, The Kid & I and The King's parents for Saturday 12/14.

 I then went to the IGA and gathered up the biggest boxes they had on hand...
And with a utility knife, and some packing tape, made a train engine:

A couple more big boxes we have some train cars...

Add some wrapping paper, paper plates and sign, and we have a CHOO CHOO!

The Polar Express all ready to go!  We hid it away, for now.  

Saturday Evening we headed up to UMPI to go on the trolley ride,
While we waited we played around in the gym a little:

It was finally time for "All Aboard!!!" She was pretty proud of her golden ticket

She was watching the conductor, he was coming to punch her ticket!

He played the part very well!

We rode the trolley around town and looked at the Christmas lights, then went to the "North Pole" at Wintergreen Arts Center.

First we got to decorate a cookie...

Except, it's way more fun to eat just the frosting, and drink the cocoa

We got to meet some of Santa's elves!

And then Santa stopped by for a visit!

Waiting 'patiently'

There's SANTA!

He gave The Kid a bell from his sleigh!

She really was excited, we just didn't get a very good picture!

She at first wanted to go see Santa, but when we got up to him was quite freaked, so he snuck behind us for a photo, and our camera decided to error out at that exact moment. I'll snag it from the Art Center when they post the photos from the event.  
We then got back on the trolley and headed back to UMPI. It was a pretty good night, which set the tone for today (Sunday)

Today has turned out to be a very snowy, stay-in-your-pj's-all-day kind of day, which is perfect for what we had in mind.

This is our driveway, after The King had already shoveled once!  

The Kid helped me make cookies: 

...and make a mess.

Then it was off to naptime for her!

When she woke up "Santa" had stopped by from the north pole and brought her her very own Polar Express!  She was so excited about the "Choo Choo" she must have said it over and over and over!

You can read her lips here : Choo! Choo!

We let her open her gift of the day (We do a Christmas book or movie every night in December before bed, today she got to open it a bit early)

Choo Choo Movie!

We waited a little bit for our friends to get here to join us, They, too were very excited about the choo choo!

We all enjoyed homemade hot cocoa, loaded potato pinwheels, and potato bacon soup, ate lots and watched the movie, then we decorated cookies!

And I my friends, am one tired mama!  
I hope you enjoy the pics from our whirlwind couple days... while I sleep it off and spend time getting my house back in order!