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The Train to Christmas Town

Last week we were back on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving and wanted to start doing some Christmas activities with Lennox – so we headed out to the Cape Cod Railway for the Train to Christmas Town. The Train to Christmas Town is similar to the idea of the Polar Express or North Pole Express that we went to last year, but this is a different story and a little more involved for the kids! train-to-christmas-townThe Train to Christmas Town book is about a little girl, Janice – who each year, takes the train ride with her brother and grandmother but this year, her grandmother can’t go and she is nervous. She has her backpack of surprises and the magical ride (and friends on-board) ease her worries and she still has a great ride.train-to-christmas-town-booklennox The train ride itself was put together nicely. You arrive at the train depot and get your tickets. Our seats also came with a nicely gift wrapped book for Lennox and in our train car, we received a souvenir bumblebee mug, cookie and hot chocolate!train-to-christmas-town-souviner-bumblebee-muglennox-ready-for-train-to-christmas-towntrain-to-christmas-town-hot-chocolateWhen it’s time to board, the conductor informs you where to go and the journey begins! Once on-board, you will receive your hot chocolate and cookies from Santa’s Elves and the Conductor comes through and punches all the kid’s tickets with the initial of their first name!elves-train-to-christmas-towntrain-to-christmas-town-conductorOnce the train gets going, you will learn the Christmas Town song, have the story read aloud to you by the elves and as the story goes on – each character (Bumblebee the Polar Bear, Wabash the Squirrel, and Zephyr the depot cat) will come aboard the train to surprise the children! Lennox however was too nervous to really meet any of the characters. By the time the train ride was ending, she did give them some high fives! They came through the train cars a number of times throughout the train ride, which was nice!squirel-train-to-christmas-town train-to-christmas-town-cat bumblebee-train-to-christmas-townAnd of course, after the story is over – there are some Christmas carols to be sang before reaching Christmas Town itself! You can see Christmas Town out the right side of the train windows – although you don’t get off the train, it was a nice touch.train-to-christmas-town-lightsA surprise guest is waiting at Christmas Town as well, the one and only Santa Clause!lennox-excited-on-trainsanta-on-train-to-christmas-town Santa boards the train for the ride back and visits with each child – and gives them a special surprise gift – a wooden train whistle. Here Lennox is with her Papa, showing off her new wooden train whistle. papa-and-lennox-on-train-to-christmas-townThe Train to Christmas Town is available on 3 different railroad lines – Buzzards Bay, MA – Alamosa, CO – Watsonville, CA and runs the week before Thanksgiving through the end of December. It is recommended you purchase tickets online prior to the day of the train ride to ensure everyone can sit together as they are reserved seats per ticket.

We had a fun time on this train ride and I would recommend it to anyone in the 3 areas that it runs. It’s a fun alternative to the Polar Express / North Pole Express!

train-to-christmas-town-heather-lennoxMerry Christmas!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary passes for myself and family in return for this review. All photos and opinions are 100% my own.

Catch the Moment – September

It’s that time of month again, time to show you the everyday moments I caught on camera. Honestly, I almost forgot about this post this month – September snuck right up on me. As you probably know, August was a busy month and we were hardly home, so with that theme, this month’s Catch the Moment will be focused around our trip to Cape Cod. Thanks again to Sarah from Nurse Loves Farmer for getting me into this series! It gives me a good reason to go back through my photos each month and try some new editing techniques.

Something great that I miss about being on the cape is the times after dinner, where you can put on pants and a sweatshirt and head down for a nice walk on the beach at sunset. It seems crazy to put on a pants and a sweatshirt in August, but in the evening, at the beach, it’s completely normal!

lennox-beach-sunset-02 lennox-beach-sunsetI love the golden sun hitting Lennox’s hair. lennox-red-river-sunsetThe lifeguard chairs were a topic of conversation and curiosity for Lennox. Of course, we had to climb up to the top and sit, but what kid doesn’t want to do that?red-river-sunset-lifeguard-standSitting and watching the waves crash, even the tiniest little waves can be mesmerizing. sunset-beachThe complete opposite time of day, morning, is hustle and bustle at the beach. It’s full of kids running around, catching fish, building sand castle and splashing in the water.

Here Lennox is chasing after the “Sea Eagles” aka Seagulls!

lennox-beach-chasing-seagullShe went fishing with dad at low tide for crabs, minnows and any other sea life she could find!kyle-lennox-beachPlaying in the water and with the buckets is something she is always doing. The faces she makes and the things she says always crack us up. You can only imagine what she may be saying, thinking or even singing in this picture.

lennox-august-beach-02And lastly, pure happiness at the beach. She sure does miss it – but it will be there next year and we will explore it all once again!lennox-august-beachThe Day Kyle had to head back to Boston, we spend the day in Boston along the water front. There are some metal sculptures/monuments. Honestly, I don’t know what they are supposed to be. Lennox thought they were really big laptops!! HA! But she had fun playing and sitting on them with Papa. You really can get a sense of how small she is in this big world!lennox-papa-bostonWe also spend the day at the New England Aquarium. Right before we left, Lennox sat at the tank with her Daddy (before heading to the airport) watching all the fish and sea life swim by. I love this precious moment. kyle-lennox-sittingSo those are our moments from the end of summer (even though it’s still 100+ degrees outside). Make sure to try to grab your DSLR more around the house or during your every day life and catch the moments that you may otherwise miss capturing!

Join in on the fun and link up with Sarah over at Nurse Loves Farmer and Mindi at Simply Stavish!

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A day trip to martha's vineyard cape cod

Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard {Cape Cod Series}

When you head to Cape Cod, you think of the mainland, but some of the best spots can be found on the Islands… Cape and Islands as some will say! Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are very unique from the rest of the cape and from each other. Martha’s Vineyard is somewhere I have been countless times in my life thanks to the fact that my parents best friends live on the island. I remember going over multiple times a year as a kid. Now as an adult, we always make time to head over to Martha’s Vineyard for a day trip. It really is the perfect day trip from the cape. The boat ride is only 45 minutes and gets you right into town.

To get over to Martha’s Vineyard, the Steamship Authority is the way to go. You will have the choice of going into Oaks Bluff or Vineyard Haven. Oaks Bluff is much more of a tourist-attraction city, so if you want to get off the ship and immediately have something to do, Oaks Bluff is your best bet! Here is what you will see as you get to the dock in Oaks Bluff, MV.

IMG_6419And when you get off the boat, you will see this big park in the town center. It will be the greenest grass you have ever seen, but you don’t want to know why!

A day trip to martha's vineyard cape codThe quaint seaside island town has some great things to do, from gift shops to historic sites to great restaurants and even the best ice cream around!

flying-horses-oaks-bluffLearn more about my favorite attraction, The Flying Horse, the Oldest Carousel in America and all about some fabulous Ice Cream from Mad Martha’s!

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Martha’s Vineyard, Oaks Bluff, Gingerbread Cottages

One spot in Oaks Bluff that is a must see is walking through the Gingerbread cottage village. There are over 300 Gingerbread style cottages that were built in the mid 1800’s and used as a Methodist camp for retreats.

marthas-vineyard-gingerbread-houses3 Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread CottagesThe gingerbread cottages in Oaks Bluff are now no longer affiliated with any religious group and the cottages are owned privately, usually passed on from generation to generation. Some of the cottages could use some work but many of them are kept up very nicely and have some unique traits. Some of the houses make sure everything down to the flowers along the walk way match the rest of the home decor. Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread CottagesThey are so quaint and cute to walk around. Although there are roads that run through the community it is very quiet and somewhat fairytale like. Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread Cottages

Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

We tend not to stay in Oaks Bluff when we head to Martha’s Vineyard. Our friends and favorite area on the island is Edgartown. Oaks Bluff is the most Touristy, where as Edgartown is the most upscale and has the finest shops. Edgar is set along the water of course and you can find some of the largest yachts you have ever seen. You may even spot our president!marthas-vineyard-yachtsDown by the water you will also find a whale’s tail which is fun for kids to check out! Here is Lennox with our friend and grandma!

IMG_6611Before it’s time to head back (we usually leave from Vineyard Haven out of convenience) make sure to check out the Black Dog and the Black Dog Tall Ship. You can get a perfect view of it from the top deck of the steamship before heading back to the mainland. IMG_6624There are some great sites to see while on the 45 minute steamship ride back to the mainland of Cape Cod to Woods Hole, such as lighthouses like this one:

IMG_6410 And of course, Lennox had a lot of fun on the boat. As a kid, I remember the boat ride being so much fun!IMG_6718Martha’s Vineyard is one of the must see places while going to Cape Cod, especially if you are looking for the perfect day trip and a little local island flare!

Make sure to check out all the other topics and posts in my Cape Cod Series: Everything Wicked Cool About Cape Cod!

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