Ethan, Ben, Andrew
Before I get into this blog and all of the good times had by me and the boys, I’ve got to address the _________(insert large animal) in the room.
Is Thomas and his band of merry men one of the creepiest “kids” program you parents have seen? The show looks like it was made by some guy in his basement (circa early 70’s) because he loved trains so much he couldn’t give them up and decided to make a show about them.
Wait, at this rate Ethan may be a co-producer at the age of 5.
I’m ready for Thom, Master Percy and Harvey D to wake up and just take the cargo bullies to the woodshed or iron mill or some reference frequently used in the magical town/village/island of Sodor. All right, enough…back to the day!
It was a great chance to spend some quality dude only time. Its crazy how the removal of just one can make everything so much easier. Well, maybe that’s b/c we’re talking about the removal of the teenage girl stuck in the body of a 4.5yr old, but still…
She’s cute, but don’t let her fool you like she does me…
So we hit the road after some Suz required pics (likely in fear that I wouldn’t take any…good call) and grabbed some donuts for the road. I also put on a Thomas DVD* in the car to get the guys real fired up about the big trip.
Between the donuts and DVD* I think I could have just cruised around for an hour and it would have been considered a great time by my passengers.
*The Thomas DVD was narrated by Alec Baldwin. This and his Capital One commercials must be punishment from his inability to power down an electronic device on airplanes. No other explanation.
This was the first shot I took of the guys as we were walking up…its really hard to tell how pumped they were about seeing the big guy, right?
I actually had to pass Thomas in effort to find a parking spot and was immediately yelled at by 3 little backseat drivers telling me to turnaround! go back! Thomas is back that way, Dad!
The highlight of the day was not riding BIG Thomas- the real train, meeting Sir Topham Hat or meeting the Conductor…it was watching the “little Thomas” on the tracks and helping him “go faster".
Keep in mind these are the exact same trains and tracks they can play with at any time in their own home. Just not as cool as the big show mini track. I get it guys…shooting hoops in the gym was cooler than the driveway. (what you just witnessed was my weak rationalization…apologies).
Here’s the lone pic I got of me and the dudes b/c this Grandma, taking her Grand-kids out, no doubt looked at me and felt sorry for me as the kids battled over who got to sit next to the open window. She knew this pic would calm them down and bail me out with my wife. Thank you very much, old…wise…sweet…Grandma.
Window watching from the train…Ben was locked in.
Me and my boy Drew…always happy, always having a good time.
He’s not Tom Hanks (in the Polar Express) punching your ticket, but he got me a few extra minutes of sitting still.
Certified Day out with Thomas Engineers…future Ags! Andrew
What you’re looking at now is “Thomas’s house".
…Ok, so that’s what I told the guys to be able to take a pic in front of this cool looking, original old school Grapevine train station.
Sir Topham Hat…got hooked up here by another guy that I think felt bad for me and let us sneak in to have the very last picture allowed with Mr. Hat. What you cant see is the high five charade that took place as soon as they were allowed to run up on the stage…then the group bear hug after the pictures were taken. Greatness!
SEE YOU NEXT TIME THOMAS!!!!!
Dad made the call for a Kincaids burger on the way home.
There just happened to be some cool hot rods outside Kincaid’s, so we took a pic in front of their favorite…nice work boys and no I can’t take you for a ride. Wish I could. You guys ever heard of a Wagoneer?