They were thrilled to see Thomas.
They were double-ly thrilled to ride Thomas! This is as close to Thomas' face as we got. I'm so not the mama willing to spend $20 to get a picture with my kids standing in front of him. This will due just fine, thank you very much!
We rode down the track clankety-clank style, listening to Thomas music coming from somewhere in the front of the train. I felt like we were part of the Thomas crew having our own little adventure on the island of Sodor. I'm sure there was some mischief and a train somewhere not listening to Sir Topham Hat's instructions... What? Don't other grown-ups play make believe in their head? No, just me? Okay then...
Back to the three little people who appreciate my imagination...
I loved watching their faces as they studied the movement of the car in front of us making it's way down the track, the way they were curious, excited and a little nervous (Isaac pointed out that there were no seat belts...we assured him it was okay) all rolled into one cute, little expression.
Except for Selah. Girlfriend wasn't having the whole sitting still thing. She wanted to roam wild and free. They gave her a lollipop to quiet her down. She happily obliged.
These curious kids of mine are constantly asking us these questions...is Santa real, are giants real, monsters, Curious George? So it was great to see their faces light up when they realized the conductor was a real living and breathing person asking for tickets!!
Okay, I was a little excited too... It's not every day you meet a train conductor!
We walked around a little afterwards, stopping for ice cream.
We took our time walking back to the car and I made a mental note to come back sans kids and survey the cute antique and boutique shoppes with a friend or a sister or a grandma...
It was a great day. I just love coming up with these little adventures for the kids. I think it really goes a long way in their eyes. And that's what it's all about.