You might think we were crazy to take Adam to see Santa - AGAIN! Especially after the last unsucessful try. But, Adam has been talking about going for a ride on a train for several months! So, a few months back I noticed that tickets for the Santa Train at the NW Railway Museum were for sale. I thought it sounded like fun and had heard that tickets will sell out pretty quickly, so I bought some! Scott took the day off of work, and we went!
The weather was beautiful! We got to North Bend, where the train leaves from, half an hour early to find parking. The train was sitting there when we pulled up and Adam was so excited! Then as we were walking to the depot, the whistle blew and the train took off! Adam was very concerned that the train was leaving without us. We soon found out that the train that had just left, was for the group in front of us. The train was running about 45 minutes late! We were very lucky the weather turned out to be so beautiful. I stood in line to get on the train and Scott took Adam to run around and play on the train tracks. We were supposed to leave at 3:00. The train finally came back and we left North Bend shortly before 4:00.
The train ride was lots of fun. We sang some Christmas Carols, and waved at the cars and people that we saw. Adam thought it was great! When we got to Snoqualmie, we got off the trian and went to get some treats (hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies), and then got in line to see Santa. The line was long. There was a coloring station (smart!!), so Adam colored a couple of pictures, and he sat on daddy's shoulders, and played with a cute little girl in front of us in line. When we finally got to the room with Santa, Adam would not go talk to him. I picked him up and walked up close, but Adam wanted nothing to do with him. So we went back out and got on the train to head back to North Bend.
The ride back was fun! Adam played with his new train and helicopter, and shortly before we pulled into North Bend, Santa came walking down the aisle. We were in the last car of the train, so after Santa finished handing out candy canes to all the kids, he sat down across from us. I tried to get Adam to go talk to him, but he wouldn't leave my lap. He watched several other kids come over and sit on his lap and talk to him. He did finally start talking to Santa, and told him he wanted a Basketball for Christmas. Then, as we were getting ready to leave, he finally did it - he walked over to Santa, sat on his lap and even gave him a big hug! It was so cute! Santa was so nice and patient with him! It was the perfect ending to a fun day on the Santa Train!