All Aboard the POLAR EXPRESS!!

There are some Christmas events just not to be missed and this is one you will want to plan for & put on your calendars now!

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Texas State Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.

 

Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.

For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!

Dates and Times
Nov 15-17, 22-24, 29-30
Dec 1, 4-8, 11-23, 26-29
3:45pm, 5:15pm, 6:45pm, 8:10pm

Park Road 70, Palestine, TX

All Aboard the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad,

visit https://www.texasstaterr.com/polar-express/ or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.

DIY Halloween Costumes Recap

chefGasp! Can you believe Halloween is almost here?!?! We’ve been enjoying cooler temps, drinking apple cider, made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and last weekend even watched “Its the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

While we aren’t much for the spooky scary stuff,  the Chase’s always love dressing up for anything, anytime at Halloween.  As I am busy trying to sew, adorn and construct costumes for 2013, I thought it would be fun to recap a few previous years costumes.

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The girls created matching hula girl costumes from the dress up collection.

Most of our costumes are created by a combination of creativity and our own closets. Lucky for us,  imagination runs rampant here among our brood. Costume creation is a perfect outlet.

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“The Count” , Ninja, CatWoman, Nerd & Zombie Nerd

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Pirate, Itsy-Bitsy-Spider, Elmo

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Cowgirl, Despicable Me group costume, Penguin

Looking forward to sharing this years costumes with you soon!  What are you & yours dressing up as this year? Feel free to post a link your best DIY costume idea or favorite Halloween blog post memory in the comments!

Homemade Crayons : Making Christmas Beautiful

I love making fun things with the kids at Christmas… cut out Christmas cookies the kitchen covered in flour and the house smelling of sweetness….glittered adorned cards sent out to those we love….and lots and lots of popsicle sticks, foam stickers, pipe-cleaners and painted hand-prints crafted into ornaments, reindeer, and any other celebratory symbol of the holidays. This year as we were cleaning out the craft closet (yes we have an entire closet full of craft supplies…that’s another post) and noticing our abundance of crayons we decided to reinvent the Christmas craft.

We decided to take some old and broken things and make them new again.  Crayons. I cannot tell you how many crayons this family with 4 children and 2 former preschool teacher parents have accumulated!

We sorted out all our broken crayons from the ones that still had good life left and then sorted again by color and broke any larger pieces into smaller ones.
They weren’t always the same shade but as long as they were in he same color family it was fine.
 We preheated the oven to 350, then we got a silicone baking tray, ours were in the shape of snowflakes, and  places all the broken pieces in a section. After the oven was preheated we placed the silicone baking tray onto a metal sheet and popped them in the oven. Turn the oven down to 250 for about 10 minutes or until the crayons started to look a little soupy. Then we took them out. I stirred each section with a plastic knife to even out the color in each section. After they cooled a bit I stuck them in the freezer for another 30 minutes to harden.

After that we peeled them out of our snowflake mold and Ta-Da!! Snowflake Christmas crayons Super easy and so cute. Package these up with a cute bow and new coloring book and these would make cute stocking stuffer! What’s some of your favorite Christmas/Holiday crafts to do with your kids?