Did you know that the north pole is only a 3 1/2 drive from Vegas? Well the train that takes you there anyway. Three years ago my whole family minus my sister and two of my brothers headed to Williams AZ to ride the Polar Express. My dad thought it was so fun he made arrangements for another family trip this year and this time there was only one brother and two sisters-in-law missing (shout out to our Idahoan couple & Danette, we missed you guys!). The package included a hotel room, dinner and breakfast along with the train ride. There were 31 of us this time around and they did a really good job of keeping us together at meal time. There was even hot chocolate and cookies on the train just like in the book, and Santa came aboard to give everyone a bell. We even saw my uncle Brad and his family while we were there. We knew they had plans to go, but we didn't know it was going to be the same weekend. My dad even wore his pajamas and made sure to get pictures with all of his grand kids (oh how he loves being a grandpa!) It was a lot of fun, but not nearly as cold as last time so I felt a little cheated out of my North Pole winter experience.
On Saturday my brother Brian and his wife invited us to come with them to Lake Havasu, which was kind of on the way home. We went from 34* weather the night before to 81* at the lake. We visited the London Bridge (there's the tie in to the title), rented a couple of paddle boats and watched a radio control airplane exhibition. Chris and Brian really liked the planes, but all of the kids thought that was the most boring part. The kids were pretty wiped out and they all fell asleep on the drive home, even Kaylee who almost never falls asleep in the car. It was a great weekend and a wonderful way to start out the holiday season.