Tuesday, December 14, 2010

All Aboard!!!

"All Aboard!" Can you tell that's what Jackson is saying in the picture? "All Aboard!" Those are his favorite words right now and he loved shouting them before, during, and after our Polar Express adventure. We've been waiting on the Polar Express to arrive since July. A friend called to see if we would be interested in going on the Polar Express. At the time, none of us had read or seen the Polar Express but I knew anything involving a train ride would be sure to please! When I asked Jackson if he wanted to go to the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum and ride the Polar Express to the North Pole to meet Santa his response was a very loud "YES!" so I signed us up. My mom bought the boys the movie on black Friday so we were well on top of everything before our trip and Jackson was beside himself with excitement!
Before boarding our rail-car, the boys gathered on the front of the engine for a photo! It was quiet cold outside and all the boys could do was beg to get to get on the train. We managed one family photo next to the engine but trying to hold them back from boarding was nearly impossible! They were ready to ride the train. Several of our close friends were on the train but Jackson was all about Anna Kate. Anna Kate is one of his classmates and they play together a lot at school. At the site of her, Jackson yelled "Anna Kate" in that shrieky childlike scream to which Anna Kate was glad to reciprocate with a seemingly similar sounding "Jackson!" They ran around the Museum until boarding time. Jackson was very happy to have the conductor punch his ticket. Macklin was excited to ride the train but still a bit apprehensive. He was eager to see what was going on but not so eager to sit still for an extended period of time. He sat next to Grammy and took in his surroundings. He did muster several "train, train, train" to us and laughed as he tried to pull the Christmas ornaments off the windows! The ride to the North Pole was really fun. Jackson and Anna Kate entertained themselves watching out the window for the North Pole. They were eager to see if there was snow and couldn't wait to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Once arriving in the North Pole, Santa & Mrs. Claus boarded the train. I thought it would be hard getting Jackson to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas but he was happy to say a Christmas train. He wasn't big on the photo-op but we managed to get one, albeit without Macklin because he was having none of it! Macklin was happy to have some chocolate milk and cookies (as was Jackson)! Grammy showed Macklin Santa's Workshop as we got ready for our return trip to the station. Macklin waved goodbye to the North Pole, Santa & Mrs. Claus and we were on our way.
Jackson and Anna Kate had a great time riding the Polar Express and we've promised them a return trip next year! Jackson hasn't let his sleigh bell out of his sight and this morning I heard him saying "I believe, I believe" in the bathroom (how precious)!
After disembarking our rail-car, Jackson was eager to jump on all the other cars in the Museum yard. He wanted to drive all of them and continued yelling "All Aboard!" We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to the Polar Express again next year!
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