Happy Friday everyone! Friday is the one day of the week that I purposely have no activities scheduled, so that if I want to stay home and veg with the kids, I can do so without guilt. You know the guilt of working hard to pay for a class and then when class day comes, you would rather staple your head to the carpet than drive the kids to one more activity. I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment.
Anyway, anyone with small children is quite familiar with Thomas the Tank Engine. Well, the suits behind this genius marketing giant have branched out to all sorts of avenues in which they attempt to take your hard earned money. Today, I fell prey to the machine for the 3rd YEAR IN A ROW. When will I learn? Actually, I'm really not as bitter as I'm playing this up. I'm more frustrated from the 25 minute car ride with 2 cranky toddlers fighting over the single mylar balloon that I purchased. Again, I ask, when will I learn?
Our local railroad museum hosts a Day Out with Thomas event every year around this time and our first attendance was when Ashlyn was only 18 months old. We return every year because both girls really have a love for trains and it's a huge fundraiser for our little museum. They have tons of free activities for the kids and my girls are among the very few children who are actually cool with just seeing the trains and not riding on them. (My wallet is ecstatic about this!) Where they get you is in the gift shop depot tent on your way out to the car. You know, your kids are exhausted and running on the cotton candy sugar high, when out of the corner of their eye, they see this enormous quasi-store full of every Thomas licensed thing you could possibly imagine. It's Thomas Heaven!
Lucky for us, my mom tagged along for this train adventure. She was powerless over the pleading eyes and pitiful looks of my girls holding these little train cars that they just couldn't live without. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree because I was lucky enough to come home with a scrapbooking kit from the Thomas tent, thanks to my mom! Bless her heart, she's a really sweet grandma!
We had another fun trip to see Thomas and his friends and we're already planning to attend next year! I guess I had better start saving now for the next onslaught of new & improved Thomas merchandise, because I'll bet my mom doesn't fall for this one again. Just kidding mom!
The girls enjoy the train tables
Ashlyn is quite proud of her Percy tattoo