In search of a giant blue train

by DaniGirl on July 22, 2005 · 13 comments

in Away we go

I remember when road trips meant throwing three t-shirts, a pair of jeans, some extra undies and my toothbrush into a bag, topping the bag up with a handful of decent CDs, and making sure I had a full extra-large coffee from Timmy’s.

I just finished packing up for our road trip with the boys. We have a bag of clothes for us, a bag of clothes for the boys. We have a box for shower stuff, soap, a first aid kit, asprin, benadryl, two kinds of sunscreen and bug spray. We have a box of toys and books. We have a box of dry food, plus a cooler of perishable food. We have a box of sippy cups, plastic bowls, bibs and washclothes. We have a very large bag of diapers and wipes. We have a CD player with lullaby CD for Simon’s bedtime, plus of course a surplus of soothers. And a spare baby monitor. And the stroller. And the port-a -baby backpack. And a booster seat. And the regular diaper backpack. Actually, I think we have more stuff to cram into our car than is kept in the storeroom at Babies R Us. How it will all fit into the car is a bit of a mystery, but somehow we always manage.

We are off to fulfil the wildest fantasies of Tristan, my three year old. We are going to see a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine, at A Day Out With Thomas.

Tristan doesn’t just like Thomas and the other trains. Tristan thinks he is a train. He sleeps with the trains, he plays with the trains, he reads books and watches videos about the trains. We go to visit his friends, and he knows who has which trains and where they’re kept. (I think he gets his obsessive tendencies from me, god love him.)

I try to imagine what the equivalent of this would have been for me when I was a kid. Maybe if I went to the playground one day and Han Solo and Luke Skywalker were just stepping out of the Millenium Falcon and looking for someone to take the place of Princess Leia for a week or two, that would have come close. Not quite, but close.

We’ll be road tripping all weekend, and back some time in the early part of next week, so things will be a little more quiet than usual around here. I of course promise a fully illustrated report when I return on what I did on my summer holidays.

Eight hours in the car with two preschoolers… think a kind thought for us!!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nancy July 22, 2005 at 1:36 pm

Can’t wait to hear every little detail…found myself getting a little lump in my throat at the thought of Tristan’s heart jumping into his throat when he sees Thomas. Have a fantabulous time. xo

2 mgood July 22, 2005 at 2:19 pm

I’m excited for you too! And I want to see some of those pictures where you play with perspective, so that you make it look like you’re squishing Thomas’ head – or making the train come out of your bum or something like I would do!
Have fun!

3 Snack Mommy July 22, 2005 at 3:01 pm

What a great mommy making her boy’s dream come true!!
Happy Travels!
Snack Mommy

4 twinmomplusone July 22, 2005 at 4:19 pm

Have a great time on your family-memory making-adventure!

5 yvonne robinson July 22, 2005 at 7:24 pm

Choo Choo!!!

6 AnnaJ July 23, 2005 at 12:33 am

Hope you guys have the most fantastic time. I hope you can capture the moment that Tristan realizes it’s Thomas up close and lifesized on film. Can’t wait for the photos.

7 Running2Ks July 23, 2005 at 7:33 pm

Have fun. And I remember when 4 hours seemed like the longest road trip every. Now, we’ll go an hour for a playdate. Good luck, have a blast, and cherish the memories. One day, a backpack will be all you need again.

8 SilverCreek Mom July 23, 2005 at 8:54 pm

OH dani
I wish I couled be there too. Nathan would absolutely LOVE to go on Thomas. He loves trains too. Especially Thomas.
I can’t wait to hear the details I bet you’ll tear up when Tristian meets his FAVORITE TRAIN>
Good luck on the trip~!

9 Jennifer July 24, 2005 at 7:58 am

We drove 2 1/2 hours one-way to see Thomas the Train, and let me tell you, it was worth it. The kids were in heaven. Thomas looked just like himself, if was amazing.
Good luck with your big trip! Good luck good luck!

10 Ella July 24, 2005 at 8:04 pm

We do the whole Thomas Day thing regularly with our three year old and it’s all he can talk about, all the time. The next one is in three weeks for us and he has been talking about for the last three months…
So I can imagine how excited your boy will be by the whole event. Have a great trip!

11 Kate July 25, 2005 at 2:19 pm

That sounds awesome! Chooo choo!!! Have fun!

12 Momsey July 25, 2005 at 4:34 pm

Well, I hope he is hugging that train to bits as I type!
I am very excited to hear how the trip went…I’m sure youwill have lots of tales!
Hurray Tristan, enjoy meeting your idol!

13 geekchick July 25, 2005 at 8:54 pm

Thomas is great. We have gone every year for the past three years at Strasburg and Sonny boy has a wonderful time. Just wait until Tristan sees Thomas and Sir Topham hat!
Have a wonderful time and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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