Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Day out with Thomas!

Auggie holding hands with Mommy & Gramma before the Thomas train ride

I know the picture above isn't perfect... but I feel it captures perfectly how Auggie felt on Saturday! He was SO happy. We left College Station around 8 (that's early for us...) and almost the whole way down Auggie wanted to see train tracks. He had no idea what we were going to see once we got to Burnet. I knew he'd be excited as soon as he saw the train tracks. 

It was a very long but very fun day for us! Melanie, Corey and their kids met me, my mom and Auggie in Burnet for the "Day Out with Thomas" event at the Austin Steam Train Association station. Melanie and Corey bought us tickets for Auggie's birthday. Can you believe it, he'll be 3 next month!!

in front of Thomas after our train ride
Auggie loves his conductor hat
Day Out with Thomas was a neat event. It's one of the fundraising events for the Austin Steam Train Association. Apparently they're trying to restore an old steam train that used to run in the area. There were quite a few activities for the kids to do- a rock climbing tower, an inflatable tunnel obstacle course, portable putt putt golf, train tables, a stamp and coloring booth, live music, magic show and a real Thomas the Train Engine! Plus they had a nice gift shop full of "Day out with Thomas" memorabilia and regular Thomas the Train toys. 

Our train ride wasn't schedule until 12:40 p.m. so we had plenty of time to check out all the fun stuff. Auggie and Micah played putt putt for a little bit while Libby played on the inflatable obstacle course and Cohen climbed the rock wall (11 times!!). Auggie was much more interested in putt putt this time around. (we played in Michigan- I'll post about that trip soon- but he had no interest in it)

Once Auggie found the train tables, it was hard to get him away from them! There were so many kids playing and not enough trains to go around so I tried to get Auggie to take turns... it didn't happen much. 

It was hard to get Auggie away from the train tables
Motorized Thomas & Friends kept Auggie's attention while we waited for our turn to ride the big Thomas

He was excited about the Rheneas set
Auggie showing Gramma his Thomas stamp on his hand
Thomas left the Depot a couple times while we were playing and every time he came back, Auggie got so excited. He jumped up and down and pointed. He even gave his own little "toot toot" when Thomas tooted his horn. 

Auggie was very excited about Thomas coming down the track

He was full of facial expressions!
So happy to see Thomas
Thomas pulling his passenger cars
Watching Thomas go by
 We had to wait in line for awhile to give Thomas a "break." Thomas posed for pictures in between his rides. Auggie was a typical 2.5 year old and didn't want to wait in line.. Luckily, my phone kept him busy for a little bit.
Waiting in line for Thomas
The train ride itself was fun. It lasted about 25 minutes. We went backwards and then forward along the same track in Burnet. Auggie loved looking outside and attempted to count the trees. He was really excited every time we went on a bridge or over a culvert. He kept calling them "Shake Shake Bridges." That's a Thomas & Friends show reference if you haven't seen it.

The train conductor punching our tickets 
Auggie got to hand the train conductor our tickets
Checking out his certificate

fun pictures on the train

Gramma, Mommy & Auggie

Mommy & Auggie on the train

After the train ride, we managed to avoid the train tables (thank goodness) and went to take pictures with Thomas. We had to wait in line for that, too, but it went quick enough Auggie didn't have any problems. He could see Thomas the whole time so he was very excited.

In line to take pictures with Thomas 

Goofy Little Bear!
After pictures with Thomas, we jumped in line with Melanie, Corey and the kids to take a picture with Sir Topham Hatt. He's the controller of the North Western Railway. I was really surprised Auggie wasn't nervous about seeing him.

Micah, Coehn & Libby eating snow cones before pictures
Well, that was our Day Out with Thomas. We had a great time and can't thank Melanie & Corey enough. I'll be getting back to the blog more this fall since we've (sort of) slowed down. There's a lot to catch up on so keep coming back. I hope y'all enjoyed the pictures.

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