Monday, July 30, 2012

Trains and Trucks {Quinn’s Weekend Adventures}



I thought I would have at least another year before Quinn became infatuated with Elmo, Thomas the Tank Engine and other children’s characters.

I was wrong.

At sixteen months old, Q calls Elmo by name… except he calls him “Melmo.” His diapers have Sesame Street characters on them, and he repeats “Melmo, Melmo, Melmo” about a hundred times and points down to his diaper at every changing. I bought the cutest Elmo pajamas for him at Old Navy yesterday. Quinn is going to go berserk when he sees them.

After riding the train with Grandpa Rocky in Michigan last month and riding a smaller train at a local park a few times, Quinn has become fascinated with trains. Every time he sees one, he hollers CHOO CHOO!

I bought him a Thomas the Tank Engine sticker book for our airplane trip. He didn’t spend much time with it during the flight, but just recently he’s decided that sticker book is the best thing ever. So when I realized that “A Day Out With Thomas” was coming to Roaring Camp, a local train attraction in our area, I knew we had to go.

“Quinn and Mommy’s Day of Trains” on Friday included a thirty-minute train ride through the redwoods with Thomas the Tank Engine in the lead, a Sir Toppam Hat sighting, a picnic lunch, and lots of other train attractions. Quinn had a blast!











On Saturday, we visited Grandma and Poppa. This time, Daddy was able to get into the pool with Quinn. (Another fabulous perk to Hubs having his cast off – I don’t have to don a swim suit! Whoo hoo!)



Grandma broke out the big boy trucks for Q. Just look at that smile.




Turns out, being a boy mom is a lot of fun.



8 comments:

  1. Ahhhh Dudes and trucks and trains. All of mine have gone through that phase. We are in the Lego phase now with the 4yr old.

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    1. Ah, I sort of dread the Lego phase. I remember it all too well with my younger brother. Millions of tiny pieces all over the floor, stepping on them with bare feet, swallowing cuss words.... I wish you luck!!

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  2. It's amazing how fast they get attached to the friends they see on TV and viddeos and books. I remember my first crawling to the TV as fast as he could whenever he heard the Elmo music from Sesame Street. He was only 12 or so months old! Once he could walk he would run!

    Melissa, excuse me for the shameless plug, but I recently started an online magazine with my partner, Val Curtis, and I think you would love it. This week we have an excellent article from the creator of Blues Clues on picking the right shows for children. I think you will like the whole magazine, but I really think you will like this article. I'm giving you the link to the room. Our site is set up in rooms, Family Room, Playroom, Mom Cave, Backyard and Kitchen. I'm giving you the link to the Playroom, but you can access the whole site by visiting Bonbonbreak.com

    Here is the link to the playroom http://www.bonbonbreak.com/playroom/ Sorry for the comercial but as I read your post I thought you might enjoy this! Great pictures of Quinn!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Kathy. Congrats on the magazine! It sounds really cool, and I'm heading over there right now to check it out.

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  3. He's growing up! I have missed QWA for awhile. I love train rides. The girls have always been phobic.

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    1. Bummer that your girls never got into them. Having kids is a great excuse to be able to do kid stuff, like ride trains, go to the zoo, climb on the monkey bars. I think I liked the train more than Q did. :)

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  4. I always wanted to take my boys to this Thomas event...I'm so bummed we never did it. Looks so fun!!

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    1. It was fun! Q liked seeing all the trains, but I think he would've liked it even if it hadn't been a Thomas event. He'll probably appreciate it more when he's a little older.

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