Polar Express

Three years ago we took the kids up to Flagstaff to ride on the Polar Express.  It was a magical and special night they loved so much they have asked every year to go back.  We figured the magic of childhood Christmas is nearing the end and wanted to go one last time.
They knew we were going to Flagstaff to play in the snow but didn't know we would also be riding the Polar Express.  I had PJs wrapped up with the Golden Train Ticket I made.
 They were so excited!  We went to dinner at the family diner and then onto the train.  It was freezing cold.  We couldn't wait to board.  It was so cold that we kept our coats and hats on even in the train.
It was an animated evening with singing, dancing, cookies and hot chocolate.
The highlight of course being as Santa went through and headed out the magic bell.  We can all still hear its sweet ring.
I knew something wasn't right when Hank didn't finish his hot coco or eat his cookie.  He also fell asleep on the way back.  He had seemed a little off all day but didn't have any symptoms except a runny nose.  On our way home the next day he began to cry in pain that his ear hurt.  Sure enough Max looked at when we got home and he had a raging ear infection.  Poor guy.
While the Polar Express was a fun night it didn't live up to our first time.  A little of the magic has left the train station.

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