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The Polar Express

This past weekend we went up to Bryson City, NC to take a ride on the Polar Express!  It was a long drive, but we had a lot of fun.  When we go again, however, we’ll make a weekend of it(maybe go to the Biltmore house, too??) and take the night train.  That way you can see all the lights actually ON when you go by all the little houses on the way to the North Pole.  It wasn’t quite as magical in the daylight!  Also, according to some things I’d read elsewhere, depending on where you go, you may or may not actually stop and get off at the North Pole.  This is one of the trains where stop and pick up Santa.  You don’t get off and go to him.  I thought we did, so I was a little disappointed by that.  But…the kids had fun, as you’ll see here.  One of Tucker’s friends(and his mommy, who is a friend of mine) joined us on the trip.  Isn’t he a cutie??

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Thomas the Tank Engine

*originally posted on Oct. 20, 2007*

Yesterday Grandma and Grandpa had a special treat planned for Tucker!  We drove down to Cordele in our new van(see below for more info!) and met them to ride Thomas the train!!  We had a lot of fun, and Tucker’s been talking about it non-stop since we left!  You get to take your picture with Thomas.  (You can buy a close-up, but it won’t be available on the web for a few more days.  I’ll add it when I get it!) *UPDATE: The picture wasn’t that good, so I didn’t get it…we had plenty of other good pictures from the day!* You get to board the train and ride!  There are all kinds of activities that you can do when you’re not riding on the train.  Tucker’s favorite was Imagination Station, which was essentially a Thomas play area where they’d let your kids play with tester toys, so that you’d see just how much they LOVED the toy and you could buy it in their store.  But he loved it, and we got out without buying any more toys!!  He did get a tattoo, though!  Temporary, of course.  I’m pretty sure he won’t want to have a Thomas tat when he’s 20 years old!

I haven’t said much about Emmie, but this was mostly Tucker’s day.  She enjoyed the train ride, as you can see in the pictures(in the “our photo gallery” section).  Our schedule was all off because of travelling, however, and she got quite tired and ornery.  So…she ended up sleeping through most of Imagination Station and all the playground-type stuff.

Oh!  One more thing you’ll see in the pictures is Tucker in a big yellow bouncy house.  I took pictures because I couldn’t believe he was actually in it.  Everytime we’ve tried before, he’s flipped out!  So…I guess he’s a big boy now.  He and I have started going on “dates” every now and then, just to have some Mommy-Tucker time.  I asked him if he wanted to go jump on our next date, and he said “yesyesYESSSSS”.  So I think he’s excited.

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