Friday, September 10, 2010

A Day out with Thomas

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Overpriced event tickets?  Check!

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Scores of excited preschoolers and tolerant parents? Check!

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Beautiful weather, a happier-than-I’ve-ever-seen-him Seth, and wonderful family memories?  Check, check, and check!

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What I learned from my Day Out with Thomas:

  • I seriously underestimated the scale on which this event takes place.  Holy cow.  Parking alone was nuts, and seeing the line of parents, toddlers, and strollers headed from the lot to the train station gave me chills (and not the good kind).
  • Whomever puts on these events needs to rethink the concept of having three-year-olds wait for 1+ hours to have their picture taken solo with Thomas.  (Frankly, I’m glad we skipped the line and got our own candid shot with no fuss.)
  • If there is ever a shortage of blue and red plastic, I know exactly where it went.  Heavens, the gift shop!  Unbelievable amount of Thomas paraphernalia.  Jim and I each toured Seth through the shop, and both came to the conclusion that we really didn’t enjoy hearing “but I NEED him” repeated ad nauseum, so, yes, we left the railway with no new additions to our collection.
  • And lastly, despite my “criticisms,” I learned that there is nothing that makes a parent’s heart swell faster than being able to make a dream come true for his child.  I am so glad we took the time and expense to give Seth this memory.  It will last a lifetime.


Jenn said...

Sounds like that's going to be an awesome memory! Glad you had such a great day!

Jenn said...

Sounds like that's going to be an awesome memory! Glad you had such a great day!

Unknown said...

Oh, how fun!! Timothy would LOVE that too!! I'm impressed that you made it home w/o buying any new additions!

Valerie said...

Awww. I remember going to the Ohio State Fair one year and finding out that New Kids on the Block were going to be there. My mom sat with me the entire day in the stands waiting and missed absolutely everything at the fair because of it. I wondered later why she did it, but now I understand.

Looks like you guys had a blast!

mandie lane said...

Fun!! Good for you for taking this on! Anderson has a new love for trains and REALLY liked this post. "Choo choos!"