Sunday, December 14, 2008

What better to do on a "snow day" than get caught up with my blogging! Speaking of "snow days..." I remember the first year we were in Oregon and everyone told us that it NEVER snows in Oregon and yet, every year, when it has snowed, everyone gets all surprised like, like they've never seen it before! It cracks me up!! We only got to go to Sacrament meeting today because there was like, 2 inches of snow on the ground! The snow is's the crazy ice storms Oregon has that scare me!

A few weeks ago, we got to go up to Mount Hood and ride the Polar Express. Joshua was in heaven!! He adores trains!!

Really, it wasn't as scary as Noah's face says it was!
Pretty much, Larkin was a squirmy little worm the WHOLE time!
Here's Noah claiming his BENCH on the train. Our train car, by the way, was ghetto! I peeked into the car behind ours and it was NICE. It looked like the one on the Polar Express movie...there was an island in the middle for the workers to make hot chocolate and it had Christmas lights and was light and cheery. We couldn't even see out our windows....they had lots of condensation on them and were scummy! It was fun, though.
Here are the kids with their cousins, showing us their punched tickets. It's hard to tell, but the conductor punched ,"Naughty," into every single one of them ;)

Yeah, so Joshua has so many nick names...most of them he has given himself...Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Factory...well he earned a new one this night from Uncle Matthew. He is now...Pedro. Pretty funny, because ever since he was born I have had people tell me that he looks Mexican...I once even had a friend tell me that he looks black. And people are always confused as to where he gets his dark eyes, hair and skin. I guess maybe they are just comparing him to his fair skinned, pale eyed siblings, but come on! He is just more Hudson than Nielsen.

Daddy always has the special touch and can tame the beasties!! The train ride was fun. It went back and forth on the track a few times while we had hot chocolate and cookies. Then we stopped at the North Pole and let a bunch of "Elves" on. While they sang songs with us, Santa made his way from one car to the next and gave all the kids a bell. Then they read us, "The Polar Express." It was really great...and next year, I'll request the un-ghetto car!!


Grandma Carrot said...

Portland has everything! The Polar Express...what a neat treat for you guys. I love that the kids got to wear their pjs. Pedro must have been in train heaven.

Pricilla said...

How fun is that! What a great family activity. You guys always find such great things to do.