Are you singing it now? Do you hate Genevieve as much as I do? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, count your blessings.
The kids and I made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to visit my BFF Erin and celebrate her baby’s 3rd birthday. I guess I should stop thinking of him as a baby now but OMG when will all these kids stop with the growing up!? I can’t take it! We went down a day early to make robots out of boxes and peel crayons and other various party prep (super cute robot party pics to come) but we managed to squeeze in a whole day of trains, big and small. I think the next party I plan might have to be train-themed.
We went to a train museum in the morning that was fun for the grown ups but not particularly kid-friendly. Did you know there are hundreds of train cabooses and boxcars just sitting around that you can buy for like $9,000? Or that there are still private rail cars with kitchens and bunks that are basically RVs on rails and that Amtrak will hook them up to their trains? I am now obsessed with the idea of owning a train car of ANY KIND. Maybe I read too many Boxcar Children books as a kid (False: there’s no such thing as too many Boxcar Children books).
After lunch we went to Kempton for a special Children’s Day at the WK&S Railroad. For $14 total Evan, Caroline and I rode a little motorcar on the tracks, rode on the big train in an antique car, saw a super cool model railroad, played with the Recycled Railroad, jumped in the bounce house and had ice cream. I believe the appropriate expression is: WINNING.
Model train set up inside an actual train car
It makes me want to get my trains out of the basement…until I remember what a total pain in the ass they are to set up and run.
This guy made a Recycled Railroad entire out of trash.
Evan was REALLY excited to “drive” the train.
These little cars went REALLY fast. Ours had a rood and a windshield so it was a little less terrifying. The kids loved it.
Caroline thought we should go faster.
Then it was time to ride the train
We had half a car to ourselves and the kids loved it.
She’s thinking about running away.
She loved the train.
Erin is sitting next to her in this picture, holding her ankles to make sure she doesn’t fall out. Because she was REALLY determined to fall out.
Amazed that he’s actually on a train.
My new dream house.
The tracks aren’t connected to anywhere anymore, so the engine turns around at the end of the line and we go back to the station.
And here is the part of the post where I started playing with filters to break up the 10 zillion photos.
Chillaxing, vintage style (sandals, $15, Target)
Please note: I tried tinting my eyebrows AGAIN. It was a mistake AGAIN. This picture looks even more ridiculous in color.
And then I paid $3 so Evan could ride a pony because I am a sucker.
The pony’s name was Pokey and Evan wanted to take him home.
He was so brave about everything all day. I love my little adventurer.
And then we had ice cream.
I kept thinking how adorable this place would be for a wedding.
Although this was the smiliest picture I got, he liked ALL the stuff we did, not just the ice cream.
Tags: Caroline, choo choo, evan, friends, fun, Hawk Moutain Line, Kempton, Pennsylvania, pony, summer, trains, travel, vacation, WK&S