Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Four Tickets for the North Pole Please

Saturday night we travelled to the North Pole and back via the Thunder Mountain Railways in Horseshoe Bend. It was fun to watch the girls. I know Chrismas isn't really about Santa Clause and presents, but I will be the first to admit that while I absolutely love the beautiful, Christ-centered meaning of Christmas, I also have a soft spot for the Magic of Santa as far as my girls are concerned.
We didn't tell the girls anything about the surprise trip. They are smart girls, and it didn't take them long to figure out we were going on a train ride, but they didn't know where we were going, or who we might see along the way. As we walked the length of a couple cars looking for seats, we walked through the refreshment car. Regan commented, "It's just like being home except it's longer and has lots of junk food." I'm still trying to figure that one out. Anyway, we got settled into seats, and waited for the train to start moving. The girls were literally bouncing around. It was really fun to watch and imagine what life would be like with that much energy. Sigh...

It wasn't long after the train started moving than the big man himself strolled into our car. I wish I had a picture of the girls' faces. That's the magic I'm talking about. Santa asked everyone in our car who believed in Santa. Hands shot up from kids and adults alike. I was so busy watching the girls reaction, my hand was the last one up. Santa commented that I was running a little slow this year. There's nothing quite like getting insulted by Santa :). I have since forgiven him. Santa actually sat down and talked with us for a while, which was fun. During our trip, Hadyn, with all the sincerety and earnestness a 3-year old can muster up, asked Santa if he was real. He said yes, and both Regan and Hadyn KNOW that they sat by and talked to the real Santa. (As opposed to some of the "helpers" they've seen in the mall and on street corners).We arrived at the North Pole and were given milk and cookies. I looked around. There were a handful of building fronts propped up. You could easily see the poles holding them up. They were pretty, but they obviously weren't real buildings. My mind started racing to explain to Regan and Hadyn why they were like that, when they both just stared and Regan whispered, "I can't believe we're at the North Pole!" Again, I love the magic of Christmas.
Could she be any happier? I hope you can click on this and make it bigger, because she actually looks like she's counting off her list on her fingers. Smart girl. You get the real Santa, you don't want to forget anything!

(Speaking of making your pictures be able to be bigger if they are clicked on, can someone explain the magic of that to me? I thought I had it figured out, but, I obviously do not. I would appreciate anyone who can let me in on that secret...)

8 comments:

David said...

Clicking to enlarge worked just fine for me.

Very cute pictures!

David said...

Okay, it kind-of works... the second and fifth pictures above are clickable, the other three aren't. Looking at the source code, the clickable and non-clickable ones are referenced differently. Is there something different in the way you embedded/cut-and-pasted/uploaded/whatevered them?

And oh, yeah, I'm likin' that Miley Cyrus tune... :)

The Farr's said...

Oh how fun! The girls look beyond happy!! How fun!!

Rebekah said...

SO CUTE!! Unfortunately, most of my kids are beyond the magic of Santa. Sigh...

Kellie said...

That is so fun! How did you hear about the train in Horseshoe bend?

EmHy said...

I want them to do a train ride here on this side of the state. Maybe Hyrum and I should start that. It sounds like so much fun. The pictures are awsome, and yes your girls look awstruck.

Bunny Bird said...
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Bunny Bird said...

Hello,
My name is Emma and I am going on an LDS trek in about 2 weeks. I am trekking for Mary Haydock. I have tried to find any sources I can on her experiences through the Trek, however it was to no avail. I was wondering if you have any more information on her and if so I would love to better understand who she was and how she got through the Trek. Thank you so much for your time.