Elisabeth was the only one that went out on her own, though she's the oldest so it makes sense. They all had an enjoyable time, and Annabelle was the only one in tears this time around which was better than last. Her bum hurt from falling on it so many times.
That night during dinner, we told the kids they were going to bed early since they stayed up late the night before. We asked them to get their pajamas on as soon as they cleaned up dinner and meet down in the living room for our Christmas Devotional (Christmas story/scripture/song). While they were singing, I dropped this on each of their pillows:
You can find printable Polar Express Tickets here. After our devotional, we told the children they could take a book(or several for the small children) up to their beds, and once they brushed their teeth, they could read for a few minutes before going to bed (it was 730pm). When they dropped their books off on their beds, they found their polar express tickets with their treats. They were excited about the treats, but didn't get the tickets until I offered a further explanation. Then we got in the van, with our jammies, stuffed animals and snacks, and drove around town to four houses we'd mapped out that had the best lights.
This one had a large carousel in the driveway amongst a million other beautiful lights and decorations! 1188 Clubhouse Dr, Broomfield CO
And the last one on our stop: 3566 W 101 Circle, Westminster CO
We came home and finished off the night with donuts and hot chocolate, though I skipped the chocolate...it's been 12 years now since I've had chocolate(I will eat white chocolate but it's not as tempting so I still don't have it much)!
By the way, loving all the Christmas cards on our coat closet door! I think I'll keep them up for awhile past Christmas!