This year marked the first year that my grandpa was unable to go with us to see Thomas the Tank Engine. He was still anxious for us to go, however, so we made the annual visit for the 10th time in a row. Here are my very big kids enjoying the adventure provided for them by the grandpa who still has a big kid inside of him too!
We rode in a plush covered car this time, and had it nearly to ourselves! Our train trip was enlivened by lots of stories from the conductor who rode with us.
The garden railroad is always one of my favorite places to spend some time. There is a timeless fascination in looking into a miniature world.
Yep, that’s me–what’s with the enormous green hat? I love that hat, but it sure looks weird!
I’m not sure how many more memories we will make here, but we certainly have a big pile of ones from the past decade. I am grateful.
Somewhere along the line, I blinked. This day…
suddenly turned into THIS day!
The kettle corn is the same, the train ride is the same, the garden railroad is the same, the gift shop is the same, but boy how the kids change!
As long as I have a Grandpa and a son who love trains, I think September will find us out at the Railroad Museum, riding behind a cheeky blue engine and adding one more memory to the treasured pile.
Since it’s September, that means it’s time for our annual trip to the Colorado Railroad Museum to ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. We enjoyed all of our favorite “Day Out with Thomas” traditions–the company of Grandpa Train, collecting stamps for a prize, checking out the garden railroad, climbing into old engines and cars, munching on kettle corn, and choosing a toy to take home at the end.
There were a few new things this year, much to our surprise. The train went the opposite way around the circle (amazing, I know!!), there were some new cars including a restored passenger car, and the best part was that it was pulled by a real steam engine, not the diesel from years past.
Who knows how many more times we will enjoy this outing, but I am thankful for each year that we add to our store of memories. Here’s a look back, one year at a time, to the very first visit in 2007. Thanks, Grandpa Train, for making this part of the story of childhood for my kids.
What would September be without our annual visit to Thomas the Tank Engine? Enter Grandpa Train again, and a fun-filled day of train riding, train watching, kettle corn, songs, magic show, Thomas toys, and lunch out on the way home. This is Nathan’s sixth time! I am grateful for the annual time for my kids to make memories with their great grandpa.
It was our fifth annual Day Out with Thomas!
(Read about #1, #2, #3, and #4 at these old posts, although a few of them don’t have pictures any more.)
Katya was as excited as Nathan this year so we happily piled into the car early Saturday morning to go pick up Grandpa Train and get on our way. We are sure thankful for his kindness and the chance to share the experience together. (Daddy was working at an overnight retreat, so Mommy was the chauffeur).
Riding the train, snacking on kettle corn, listening to stories, enjoying the extensive garden railroad and indoor HO layout–lots of things we enjoy doing every time we come.
Of course Nathan and Gramps are special railroad buds, and I am so grateful for the bonds they have built together. I sure didn’t know my great grandparents as well as my kids know theirs.
We saw everything there was to see, enjoyed lunch at McDonald’s together, and headed for home (with plenty of Thomas treasures in tow!) Guess we’ll look forward to next year…