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Merry Christmas Splat… and more winter stories is a delightful DVD recently released into Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection. If you love the Holiday season and are excitingly anticipating snowy days, then you’ll adore the stories on this DVD, I know we have been! It was our first Holiday themed DVD to watch during the month of December!
The stories featured in this collaboration are geared specifically toward children ages two through six years old. My daughter is nearly five and 1/2 and my son will be three years old in about a month and this DVD grasped both their attention quite well. Splat the Cat is also a favorite of my kids. They were pretty excited to see Splat come to life in yet another offering by Scholastics and in a Christmas story at that! Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago, my family and I had the privilege of experiencing the Polar Express at the Mount Hood Railroad. This adventure was a wonderful treat to ring in the Holiday season and to get the kids excited about Christmas! Any adventure that mommy and daddy tell you that pajamas are required is certain to be a fun one right? This was the first time they had ever ridden a train and with such a joyful time that was had, it most certainly won’t be their last.
The trip down I-84 East was generally uneventful aside from the wind off the gorge adding some excitement. It was a Friday, but we manage to avoid all but a little bit of traffic in I-205 North before he got to I-84E. Along the way if you have time, there are some shopping centers, or more interesting you could stop At Multnomah Falls for a rest, or to see the falls, or possibly take the hike up to see the Falls up close.
It was approximately 1 hour each way from a little south of Portland. The train yard is right off the I-84 exit and you really shouldn’t have trouble finding it. We basically took a right off the exit, then a left and we were there. It would be a good idea to check how full the train is going to be and get there early in case it looks full. There is limited parking, which costs $6. You can pay inside then return the parking note to your dash before embarking upon the train, or if you have cash, pay as you drive in. Also if you are wanting to have lunch or dinner, the train station has a place to eat called the Hobo’s Kitchen located in a train car beside the Mount Hood Railroad gift shop. There are also other restaurants near by too.
Impromptu singalongs and toe tapping have been going on in my household anytime I pop The Sounding Joy by Elizabeth Mitchell & Friends into our CD player. This delightful collection of Christmas songs and folk carols come out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. What a joy and privilege to listen such heartfelt songs of Christ’s birth and of those sung in celebration during the month of December to celebrate solstice so many years ago. Read the rest of this entry »