BC: The End
FC: All Aboard!! | North Pole express | the
1: We are SUPER EXCITED to board the North Pole Express!!! December 13, 2013
2: Hannah, Janell, Jeremy, Jayme, Jenesis Bev, Scott-Front: Jaydon, Aeva, Eden, Eli.
3: McKenna, Robyn, Grant, Lily, Chayce, Briant- Front: Jaxon-(not pictured) Maren, Tom & Justus
4: Jayden, Tom with baby Justus, Maren holding Jenesis, Eden and Eli.
5: McKenna, Eden, Jaydon Eli and Aeva trying to keep warm!
6: The energy was high as the train left the station! Luckily we sat at the back of the train car where there was a small heater on the ceiling. Our hot chocolate maker (Spark) did a good job serving us while the train rolled down the tracks to the "North Pole." | I can't believe I'm on a train!! (Eden) | Janell and Lily having fun at the train station.
9: Our Elf "Snickerdoodle" brought in the Christmas spirit by leading us in Christmas carols and dancing in the aisles of the train. Aeva and Eden were the line leaders and Jayme and Jenesis joined in too.
10: Robyn and "Santa" Grant and happy Jaxon!
11: *Maren and Jaydon *Eli enjoying his hot chocolate *Our own little elf, Justus!
12: When we all sang the Twelve Days of Christmas Jayme & Jenesis had #1, Jeremy, Chayce & Robyn had #5, Bev, Mc, Lily, Eden & Aeva had #7 and Briant, Janell & Eli had #9. | Hannah & Scott | Chayce & Jeremy | Mc & Beverly
13: To see SANTA at the North Pole! | Jayme & Jenesis | Janell, Eli and Briant
14: The train slowed to a stop and we looked out the frosty window and there HE was!!!
15: Lily | Hannah | Briant | Aeva, Eden
16: "Granta Claus" meets the real Santa Claus while Jayme, Jenesis and Maren enjoy the moment too!
17: Lots of cameras on Santa talking to Mc and Lily! | Grant, Santa & Snickerdoodle | Jaydon so excited to get his bell from Santa!
18: Santa gave every person on the train a big silver bell- like in the book "The Polar Express" when Santa gives the first gift of Christmas (a bell off of his sleigh) to a little boy.
19: Mrs. Claus handed out her secret cookie recipe! Lily, Eden and Aeva are really enjoying their cookies!
20: After the train ride we drove a fews blocks to the "Dairy Keen". It had such a cute train theme throughout the building. We ordered up a storm of burger and fries for the whole gang!
22: Because Jeremy works in the hotel industry, we got some great rates on our hotel rooms. We had 2 rooms at the Comfort Inn and 2 at the Roadway Inn. There is a "never" enforced rule that the employee has to be in the room being rented. In the last 3 years we have been using his discount, we have never had desk clerk question if the employee was present...until now! Jeremy was getting settled at the Comfort in when we got a call from Jayme at the Roadway Inn saying that they (Hannah, Jayme, Janell & Mc) could not get checked in because the room was booked under my (Bev) name. LAME. So after some unproductive creative thinking about how to solve this without me having to get out of bed to go over there, Jeremy decides to go over the other hotel, because he is the employee, and sign them in. Okay...all is settled now right? WRONG! At 11:45pm we get a call from the front desk of the hotel saying that the clerk knows Jeremy isn't in the hotel, she saw him leave and he is breaking the "never before enforced rule" of him being in the room. REALLY? Jeremy-"how do you know I'm not in the room?" Clerk-"I saw you leave (security cameras)" We are all rolling our tired eyes by now...the room was only $25...all this fuss over $25? In the end Jeremy & Bri had to go over to the other hotel and Jayme & Jan had to come over to our hotel. We all got settled about 1am :( Jeremy left a scathing review on the Roadway Inn website! | Comfort Inn downtown, SLC | Roadway Inn, SLC
23: Temple Square | After we got to the hotels, everyone but Maren, baby Justus and Bev walked to Temple Square (about 5 blocks) to see the lights and the displays on the visitors' center grounds, and to see the new City Creek Mall. It was about 25 degrees, but they stayed out for almost 3 hours! One fun thing to see was a candy making machine (fake) in the downtown Deseret Book store. | Mc (in flower blanket) and Jan (in black hat) looking at the candy machine.
24: SLC looking North West end of the SLC Temple | Janell & McKenna
25: SLC looking North East end of the SLC Temple
26: Church History Museum, SLC | After breakfast at our hotels, we drove to Temple Square to tour the Church History Museum. The current special displays were "100 years of Scouting" and a room full of paintings by Norman Rockwell (in center of painting at left) of Boy Scout activites. One of the coolest things to see is the display of the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (at rt.). Upstairs has a fun children's area where there is a fishing boat, Latin dancing area and a replica of the Angel Moroni.
27: Tom, Justus, Jaydon, Eden, Jenesis, Eli, Maren | Jenesis, Lily & Robyn | Eli, Jaydon,& Jenesis | Eli
28: We walked through the City Creek Mall and stopped for lunch at the food court. The kids enjoyed going into the Disney store. The group decided to head back to Cache Valley and catch the new movie "Frozen". After an evening of fun, we ate pancakes for dinner and Robyn & Chayce headed home, and Maren & Tom stayed one more night. This was a fun filled two days...lots of great memories were made! | Lily, Chayce, Grant, Robyn, Jaxon & Aeva
29: Jayme took this picture