Tuesday, June 18

Day Out With Thomas

Many months ago, I bought tickets to a Day Out With Thomas.  Thomas the Tank Engine tours around the country, bringing delight to lots of small children. It's ridiculous. We traveled out to Strasburg, PA--which is the middle (or maybe the edge, who knows) of Amish country. It was crazy to pass horse drawn carriages and see people farming with horse drawn plows. I wish we had more time to explore!

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As you can probably guess, the boys loved it.  I was nervous about Braden because there's a direct correlation between how much he loves something and how much it makes him angry--and HE LOVES THOMAS. But he did really well. No screaming. In fact, in most of the pictures he looks like a zombie because he was so mesmerized by it all! We started off "meeting" Thomas--or taking a picture on a bench in front of him. I paid $18 for this ding dong dang picture because somehow, both of the boys looked at the camera and their hats weren't in their eyes. And I'm counting those as smiles. MIRACLE.

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And then we rode Thomas. And by "rode" I mean we sat in one of like 8 coaches that Thomas pulled and rode around for 20 minutes. The boys loved it.

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Braden kind of thought we were on the Polar Express and has been rather confused since then. He tells me several times a day, "Thomas is coming!" and I can't tell if we're pretending or not...

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They really did have a good time. And I'm sure it was Sol's ideal pre-Father's Day activity. He obviously loves Thomas too.

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There were a few other activities as well--train tables, tattoos, movies and tons of stuff to buy--but the boys were pretty content to walk around and look at the trains. And they were somewhat willing participants when I made them sit on the train for pictures...

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The whole Strasburg Railroad area was pretty neat--there was a hotel where instead of renting rooms, you can spend the night in cabooses. That sounds almost as bad as camping to me--but I know two boys who would love it.  There was a toy train museum and a ton of stuff to do at the actual railroad. (Carrie, we should take all the boys!)

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And in case you want to watch a minute long video of Braden saying, "Tickets, please!" I posted it for you.  You are welcome or I am sorry, depending on which camp you fall in.




8 comments:

  1. I'm obviously in the camp that loved the video. Because it ALSO highlights that your son BTown gets really excited and says Mama mama and tells you things.

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  2. Good thing you paid $8 for the photo so we know you were there too.

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    1. I know right? Especially because my hair was behaving particularly well.

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  3. Adorable! The video made my day! (and the fact that I heard from Dan and he is safely in Sao Carlos)

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  4. yes. let's take them. sounds like a great idea. in fact, we should send all the boys to spend the night in the cabooses while we go to a spa.

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  5. Love Braden's little cheeks. He looks like his Aunt Summer when she was little. We used to call her "Duckie" because those cheeks made her look like a little duckling. Adorable as always.

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  6. Awww! The pics by the door!? LOVE them!!

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