Walker is quite obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine. It's an evening TV ritual in our house before dinner and it's kind of strange the amount of information I know about trains now. We are a train loving family around here. Fletch has even gotten into the action and enjoys it all. So naturally when we heard Thomas was rolling in town for "Day Out with Thomas" it was put on the calendar, tickets were purchased and we headed down to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum this Saturday.
Now we are learning as we go about events of this nature, but I always have this beautiful picture in my head when we plan things like this. Think Pottery Barn catalog meets Thomas. Here is how the picture went in my head....Sir Topham Hatt and Walker hand in hand walking up to a giant train and discussing world peace, sunny skies with 75 degree weather, the scent of cotton candy, happy families in a sing along perfectly in tune to "There's 2, there's 4, there's 6, there's 8..." Yeah, that's not how it went down...here is a more accurate picture....Line an hour long for Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas viewing (who can get a 2 year old to stand in line?? We can't!), Drizzling rain with looming dark clouds, a crowd that looked more like the county fair scene, scary ride operators that looked like molesters, grown women snatching toy trains out of children's hands and throwing them down screaming NO MORE TRAINS, WE ARE DONE! Oh yeah and the fact they had a huge toy selection on scene so if you were stupid enough to venture in that room you would pay quadruple the normal price. We steered away from that completely!
Call me a bad parent, but we did not stand in the hour lines, we didn't buy an overpriced toy and we just really ended up playing with train tables and doing a couple laps on the motorized fair ride train. We did board a passenger car led by Mr. Thomas himself and that being said....Walker ate it up. It's funny to think that sometimes adults see things for what they are...a GIANT opportunity to open parents wallets by exploiting their children to a blue train with a creepy smile for starters, puddles, idiots in flip flops standing in puddles, lines, etc. Then there is what Walker sees....TRAINS, MORE TRAINS, OMG is that THE Sir Topham Hatt!!!! PUDDLE! CONDUCTOR, RUN, WHEEEEE! GOLDFISH!! JUICE MOM! TRAINS!!!!!! RIDE THE TRAIN!!!!!! THOMAS!!
He ate it up! So...it's a win. Because I document every sneeze my children have I made a movie of our little event. We might not look like a Pottery Barn commercial, but we conquered the day.
Day Out with Thomas from Cory Holder on Vimeo.