Saturday, September 13, 2008

Buddies, Gabe and Thomas

Recently I read a post on another blog stating how the person couldn't stand going to blogs where the main feature was that blogger's children. Wow. I was taken aback. For me, that is one of the reasons I started blogging; so I could share my mommy experiences with my family and close friends. I feel like I should post a warning here: kid pictures ahead, beware...

Now that I have that off of my chest, I can post about our fun day yesterday. The rain held off while we were visiting Thomas, and the crowds were not bad at all (hate to see it this weekend, though). I have been looking forward to spending this day with Gabe for weeks, and it totally lived up to all of my expectations (and I think his, too).

Living so close to the park where Thomas was stationed, we parked a little ways off and walked (ran) to see him...



After buying our tickets at the train station, we had some time to play before our departure. Although the price of the tickets was pretty outrageous ($16 per person), most of the activities were free. Gabe played putt-putt (that boy is a great putter)...


His first tattoo (well, not really, it just sounded good)...


There is a real train parked next to the track where they do little lectures about train history, etc. Gabe kept shouting "Alllll Aboarrrd!", and "Take my pitcher, mom!".

After about 45 minutes, it was time to board the train. You could feel the excitement pouring from this boy, let me tell you. And I'm such a sap, I was totally tearing up, watching his eyes and facial expressions, filled with such joy and wonder. I'm so glad I saved this day to be just the two of us, because I was able to concentrate on Gabe and Gabe alone. I relished in this moment.

This was one of my favorite pictures of the day. I already have a scrapbook page in mind, even. Right after I took this shot, Gabe started yelling out the window at the passersby "Hey, I'm here! You wanna hop on? Huh?! I'm on Thomas, you hear me?!" I was cracking up! I doubt people could tell what he was saying, but they waved and smiled just the same. (How could you resist?)
This next pictue is blurry, because I couldn't keep him from coming toward the camera. But the joy is just contagious, and sums up the day, so I had to share it:

I'm not usually a huge souvenier person, but I wanted Gabe to have a little something to help remember the day. We headed into the gift shop tent, where he promptly picked out the $129 train. Umm, I don't think so, baby. I steered him in a (cheaper) direction, and he picked out this battery operated train for $16.99. Fairly reasonable, I think. And the hours he has spent playing it since yesterday have totally made it a great buy.

For the past three years, Gabe has loved seeing Thomas. Next year, he'll be five when Thomas comes to town. I wonder if he'll still be as excited as he was this year. Kids are so fickle, you just never know. I'm so glad we had this day together, to treasure right now, and years from now when we are looking back at our scrapbooks.

10 comments:

heathersister said...

I am glad you two had a great day. You deserve it after the preschool trama (Heather).I remember the first time we took Danielle to see Sesame Street Live. She was so excited and singing and it made me cry, isn't that funny. I cried every year at their birthday parties when everyone sang Happy Birthday.

Becky said...

What great pictures...I Love the one of him looking out the window holding his blanket.
I LOVE BLOGS with pictures!!! They are the Best!

WheresMyAngels said...

I could so play with that train set! Tell him if he is bad, your going to send it to Gayla. And mean it when you say it! lol

Jen said...

That person should probably not read mommy blogs if they don't like reading about kids.

Love the pictures. You had an awesome time, I can tell.

Lula! said...

Sooooooooooooooo glad the rain held off. You can see the JOY in his face in these pictures...it makes me so happy! And that one off him with the blanket? PRECIOUS as PIE!

Good times...

TUTU Monkey said...

I agree with Jenn...a person shouldn't read Mommy blogs if she doesn't want to hear about kids.....

Love your pictures ...going back to check out some more..

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I am so glad that everyone uses blogs to capture their kids. What else are they for?...

So you made it and the weather held. I am so glad. What a fun day and it brought back memories of my now 6 year old loving his Thomas adventure. He stil plays with all his trains and I hope that he never tire of that imaginative play. But when he does I will box them up and wait till the Grandkids come along and re-live all that fun all over again.

* TONYA * said...

ugh, why would people waste a blog post just to say they can't stand going to blogs where the main feature is the children. That's why most of us started our 'mummy' blogs in the first place.

It looks like you had a fabulous day. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely words.

Tiffany said...

Good luck to that blogger finding blogs who don't post about their kids... wow. What a way to lose readers.

Adorable pictures!

Heather said...

We did this 2 years ago with tickets we won from a radio station. It was so much fun and we wanted to do it again, but I like you thought the price was very steep.