let me be honest for a moment. thomas? as in the blue tank engine, thomas? kinda freaks me out. the shifty eyes and (in the earlier seasons) the mouths that don't move while the characters talk are just a little too bizarre. that, and as the hubs says, sir topham hatt is kind of a mean, bossy jerk to the trains. just sayin'.
but, choi boy seems to think thomas is pretty cool and his love for trains still holds strong, so when our good friends asked us if we wanted to join them for a day out with thomas, we said yes, knowing that cb would have a blast with his buddies.
and freaky or not, the day did not disappoint. we got there about an hour and a half ahead of our scheduled ride and kept ourselves occupied with the many different activities that were available for all the little conductors and engineers! (and of course, i left my camera at home AGAIN, so all these photos are from my phone.)
there were strange animals (that were oddly out of place) to see:
why, yes, that really is a tortoise and a hare!
the boys tried very hard to appreciate the little critters...
i'm sorry, shawna, i had to include this one of G!
of course, cb had to be tatted up for the special train ride!
cb showed off his street cred.
there was spin art to be made:
and it wouldn't be a choi family outing without junk food!
cb was very nice about sharing the cotton candy goodness with his friends, G and E...
...but his friends aren't has insane about sugar as cb.
G couldn't figure why the heck we were munching on this blue fuzzy stuff!
finally, it was time to board!
the boys were very excited and loved being on a real train!
the parents, on the other hand, chuckled at the scenery that we chugged through. you see, the event took place at a train museum, which in and of itself was quite cool. it was an old station and roundhouse and was probably super hoppin' and awesome a hundred years ago. and now? well...we joked that we seemed to be chuffing through a train graveyard.
where trains come to retire and be transformed into impressive graffiti canvases!
in addition to the old train cars for scenery, we also had several police escorts on dirt bikes. police escorts that happened to be poppin' wheelies for all the kiddos (and excited dads) on the train. ;)
we went all the way down to the junkyard, stopped, and then headed back to the station. but not before coming to a full stop in front of this train car that happened to be scribbled with the words "felon family". which sent us into a fit of giggles as we watched our three boys causing some mischief as they jumped up and down and the train seats. ;)
regardless of mischief, our three little guys all received junior engineer certificates, of which they were very proud.
okay, they really had no idea what the pieces of paper were for.
once we exited the train, we tried to get a picture of the boys, and you can guess how that went:
yep, that was the best one we got. and we took LOTS. ;)
before we left, the boys got to ride a mini-train that was almost as big a hit as the big train!
and they also had a ride on this funny little ride that was kind of like a sideways ferris wheel:
the boys mostly thought it was great fun, but if you look closely, you can see a little fear in cb's eyes as he tries to play it cool...
we took one final walk through the roundhouse to see all the old trains,
then went to grab some dinner at the harbor...
where the mommas left the little boys and big boys to fend for themselves
as we sat across from them at a separate table, sipping our drinks and actually ingesting our food without being interrupted 5000 times.
;) what a happy ending to our day out with thomas!