Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: Day Out with Thomas

This time 5 years ago, we went to Day Out with Thomas in Nashville, TN with Cooper and Kindle.  Cooper was almost 3 and Kindle was 6 months old.  I can hardly believe that it has been that long because it seems just like yesterday.   Cooper was a huge Thomas fan and he has passed that on to his siblings.  

I remember the night before we went, Nathan asked me what time we needed to leave the next morning.  I had been thinking the event was in Chattanooga which is less than 2 hours from our house.  I peaked at the tickets and realized that it was actually in Nashville which is about 4 hours away.  It was already past midnight so we realized how little sleep we would be getting.  
The next morning, we got up super early and headed to Nashville.  We arrived and realized that Nashville is in the Central Time Zone not the Eastern Time Zone like us.  We were bummed because we could have slept another hour.  We just laughed and drove around Nashville waiting for Day Out with Thomas to start.  

Once Day Out with Thomas was open, we went to check it out.  Cooper was so excited!  We headed over to get free train tattoos.  Cooper picked Thomas and Kindle got Salty (not that she really had any clue what a tattoo was).

Then, Cooper went over to the train table to play with the other children.  He was so well behaved and waited his turn to play.  I stood there watching child after child throw a fit because they wanted to play with a certain train and someone else was playing with it.  Or their parents told them they had to leave the area and they didn't want to.  I will admit I was a bit nervous since Cooper was not known for easily leaving places without getting himself in lots of trouble.  I was so pleased to see him do the right thing.  

Next, we went to meet Sir Topham Hatt.  He is the Superintendent of the Railway for those of you who aren't familiar with Thomas and Friends.  Kindle just stared at Sir Topham Hatt trying to figure him out.  Cooper was thrilled to meet him "in person". 

We then went to check out all of the activities.  They had a petting zoo there along with moon bounces and slides.  Cooper loved it!

For some reason that day, Cooper decided that whenever I was asking him to pose for a picture, he was going to lift his shirt so we could see his tummy.  So here he is with some of the trains.

And again, posing with the Thomas that was made out of Legos.  This was probably his favorite thing there.  

There was an old train car that you could go in and watch Thomas movies.  They also had a car where a train conductor would tell Thomas stories.  We enjoyed all of the activities.  

Here is a very short video of Cooper telling us what he was going to do.  It is sideways and I don't know how to flip it.  If anyone does, let me know :)

Next, it was our turn to ride on Thomas.  Cooper had been waiting for this all day.  We boarded one of the passenger cars and took our seats.  We rode down the tracks with Thomas pulling all of the passengers cars.  Then, we went backwards back down to where we had started.  Afterwards, each child got a certificate naming them a Junior Engineer.  

We attempted to take a family picture of all of us.  It's a bit blurry, but it will have to do.  We did get professional pictures taken with our whole family and Thomas later, but those are in my scrapbook :)

Finally, we headed to the gift shop.  Cooper picked out a t-shirt and a train set.  He also got a Thomas balloon that was as big as him.  

It was a wonderful day that he still talks about 5 years later.  We plan on going back since Grant and Celeste love Thomas too.  

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