Tuesday, September 23, 2008

For The Love of Thomas

You know Thomas don't you? If you have a toddler you know that Thomas is a Tank Engine. Our little boy, Alex....loves Thomas. He could sit and play with his trains all day long and sometimes....he does.

Earlier in the summer I heard about Day out with Thomas and when I checked on it, discovered that Thomas had just been to Utah the weekend before. We were bummed.

On Wednesday, I checked the Thomas schedule to see if he would be in Denver when Alex is scheduled to go to there with his Dad. This is when I discovered that Thomas was going to be in Denver in three days. I told Calvin. I tell Calvin lots of things and I really never know if he hears me or not, so I was extremely surprised when he said we should go.

I am not a spontaneous person. I need to plan things and pack a week before I take a trip. I decided that making a memory with our son was more important than my need to plan. So, Thursday afternoon, I bought our tickets and Friday morning we left for Denver.

The kids did great on the 10 hour drive and were so happy to see their grandparents and uncles.

Saturday, we left the kids' with Nana and we escaped for some couple time! And what do you do when you are parents and you have someone to watch your kids for a few hours? We went to Cherry Creek and shopped for Christmas presents for the kids at Kazoo & Company Toy Store. This store is amazing! Then we went to TOTT's in Lakewood for a yummy lunch.

In the afternoon, we went to Day out with Thomas! It was at the Colorado Train Museum so there were many trains to see and climb on. Alex was getting pretty irritated with us because we kept showing him all of these little trains but we wouldn't let him touch them. We finally came across the tent with the train tables and he had a ball...until a kid stole his train and he dissolved into a puddle of tears. We took him to the GIFT SHOP to cheer him up and bought a bunch of stuff...some will be for Christmas.

See how happy he is!

Finally it was time for our ride on Thomas and then he was happy and excited. We had such a great time and we were so happy that we could do this with him.

We dropped Alex off with the Grandparents and we went on a date. To our favorite restaurant....Maharaha in Boulder! The food was fabulous, the company was wonderful and we got to be alone again! You may remember that I was devastated a few months ago when I thought this restaurant had closed. Denise at Eat,Play,Love told me that Maharaja was alive and well in Boulder. Thanks Denise!

Bright and early Sunday morning, we headed for home! We stopped in Loveland to visit with my best friend Anne and her family. Her boys are growing so fast!

Here is the tired little boy, all tuckered out after a busy weekend.

We finally arrived back home around 7 pm and we were exhausted. But it was the good kind of exhausted because we were so happy. We are so glad that we took this little trip and that the kids' did so well. We are completely homesick for Denver now. Colorado feels like home to us and we hope someday....we will move back!

By the way, we purchased a portable bed/tent for the kids to use when they visit Nana and Poopa and it has worked out great! Alex loves sleeping in it. It is called the Pea Pod Plus and you can find it here!

To my Denver friends: I am so sorry that we didn't have time to see you. It really was a whirl wind trip....37 hours!


  1. What a fun trip for you all! Glad you had a great time.

  2. Good for you - being all spontaneous. I have some plan ahead tendencies as well - so I understand...

    Looks like everyone had a great time. Love the pictures!

  3. I'm tired just reading your full schedule! Like you said though, it was a "good exhausted" - I know that feeling well.

    What a cute boy child you have.

  4. We did that a couple weekends ago! Soo much fun! Parker is VERY jealous of Alex's Thomas tattoo as his has washed off now :(

    What a great thing you guys did for your kids! And the little dates for yourself as well! Woo hoo!

  5. Oh, those were the best days! Thomas is long behind us, but I've saved all the trains and they'll be ready for the grandkids!

  6. Sounds like fun! and Awww, you were really here? I understand, next time, right? Speaking of getting together my hubby won a 3 night stay to Park City, we haven't decided when we are going to visit, but I'll keep you in the loop!

  7. What a fun trip!!!! Darling pics!!!


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