Monday, December 13, 2010

The Santa Train

We had another fun and busy time this weekend. Never fails, does it? Busy busy busy around the holidays, but luckily it's all family-centered fun and keeping in the spirit of things.

Saturday our local old theater had another free movie. No giveaways this time around, but a great show. We saw Home Alone which was the kids' first time seeing it. I forgot how much bad language was in that movie, especially in the beginning, but the laughter coming from Braeden when "Kevin" "gets" those bad guys, oh my, just priceless! :)

Sunday we went to church. It was a special service called the Indescribable Gift and was just amazing! It was such a special service and I'm so glad we were able to be there. I don't think we'll be at our church again until after the holidays, and this was the perfect "send off" for us.

Afterwards we got some things done around the house, and then headed to our local train depot. The Santa Train was coming. I've seen mention of this in the past, but this was the first time we've gone. It's free to the community. Inside the depot they had hot cocoa, cookies, crafts, etc while you waited for your group to board. We met up with some friends we have not spent much time with for quite a while. And if you remember way back when, when I had my "Girlie" (former foster child, and a RADish) well... here she is and she's doing great! She will be adopted soon by a friend of mine.




A trolley or limo drove you down a little ways to where an old fashioned train was parked. You were able to board, walk through some cute little decorations, and see Santa himself.


From the time they called our group of ticket numbers to be ready to board the limo which took us to the train, Liam wanted to be held. Wanted to be right by me. Wanted me to hold his hand. Etc. He has not sat on Santa's lap... even last week he wouldn't. So I could NOT believe this...


It was so cute! (Poor guy has a pretty bad cold sore right now so he talks and smiles funny.) After he got down he kept saying, "Hi Santa." It was darling!


And this one, this one was my shy guy today and wouldn't sit on his lap! He did at least stand next to him! He wouldn't talk to him though. Later when I asked if he told Santa what he wanted for Christmas (I usually encourage them to think of one special thing to ask for and then Santa usually surprises them with a few more) he said, "Oh Santa knows what I want." So funny!


Taking the (enclosed) trolley back to the depot...


Liam and "Girlie" - they share such a special bond, only four months apart!


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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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