Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chattanooga Choo Choo

This past weekend, we gave Luke a Christmas present that we thought not only would he love, but would create memories lasting much longer than any toy could last.  We spend all day Saturday in Chattanooga checking out the Chattanooga Choo Choo and takinga  ride on the "Polar Express". We spent the night in a train car converted in to a hotel room. Luke had us all to himself while Hadley had Nanni and Papa all to herself,  quite a treat also!

We Spent Saturday exploring downtown Chattanooga.
and all of the choo choos around the hotel

We went to the model railroad museum where they have built a scale replica of Chattanooga and the Cumberland mountain country.
I'm sure you can find something new everytime you look at it.
They haven't left anything out.

After exploring, the Chandlers met us to get ready for the train ride. These two buddies were super excited!

We enjoyed an afternoon treat

Then it was time to get ready to head to the train, in our jammies, slippers, and blue robe, just like the boy on the Polar Express movie.

There was a little game going on while we were riding the train
another reason proving how great these daddies are!
Hot Chocolate (which was Yoo Hoo) and cookies

and a visit from Santa when we reached the North Pole

I must say, for those of you reading this and thinking about taking the same trip, that Andy and I were a bit disappointed in the Polar Express train ride and if we were to do it again, might check out a different one. We had imagined more of a ride and less sitting in the train when we arrived a couples miles down the track at the "North Pole".
However, the boys were not a bit disappointed! They loved every minute of it and a day hasn't gone by that Luke hasn't asked to go again.