Thanks to Barnes & Noble offering a storytime with “The Polar Express”, we decided to do “The Minivan Express” night tonight!

We started off with a make your own pizza night:

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Getting ready for the ride, we used our Plastic Cup Rudolf craft to hold the popcorn, and I did opt for hot chocolate, but don’t be afraid, I put sippy cup lids on them LOL!:


We hid the tickets in the kids beds and listened as they all screamed with excitement that they’d found golden tickets!

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Getting tickets punched to board “The Minivan Express”: (Please overlook the insanely dirty Minivan Express! This is a real live working minivan, its not just for show people!)

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We showed up for the story time and found that they’d asked two children’s authors to read the story for us. They gave all the kids little silver bells to ring each time they turned the page, it was a lot of fun!


Afterward we went driving around looking at lights and singing Christmas Carols in the car. I think overall the night was a success!


  1. Oh that sounds like fun! I miss those days when the chitlins were young-only have my 8 year old left to spoil (my 15 year old would have rolled her eyes-now if I had given her tickets to a concert she wanted to go to that would have been a totally different story! LOL)Very sweet.

  2. I am so glad that you got to go to B&N; Friday evening. Yeah! Sounds like a splendid evening. I was hoping to have made it ourselves, but I haven't been able to squeeze one more thing into our crammed weekend. Have a very Merry Christmas.~Wendi


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