Trains and Tots

Ever since Boston could sit up he LOVED trains!  He would take whatever toys were at hand; Matchbox Cars, Legos, Polly Pockets (he has a lot of sisters), blocks, and even books and form them into a long line, when he could talk he would tell me “Mom, look I made a train for you!”  Every day, many times a day I got another train. The longer he could make it, the cooler it was.  Some would span from the family room through the kitchen and into the playroom. He started to make them run in patterns.  Now I know why Thomas the Train is so popular.  I had not realized it after having so many girls.  On his 4th birthday I decided to take him on a train ride so I scoured the internet for the best deal on our local historic train station, The Heber Valley Railroad.

If you live in the area and you haven’t done it I highly recommend it, even if you are not a little boy.  They take a route through a beautiful canyon and past Deer Creek Reservoir.  They often have ‘theme rides’ centered around holidays like Halloween and Christmas, oh, and they even have a Thomas the Train event, but I didn’t think I wanted to fight the crowds for that one.  This ride was much more relaxed, I’m sure.   They have a little stop with a train heist (I won’t give it all away and tell you how that ends), they have concessions on board, or you can bring your own food, and they stop at a nice little park where the kids can play and run before turning around to head back.  It is pretty amazing to see that little piece of history and imagine a time when that was the general mode of any long distance travel.  My how times have changed!

Boston loved it!  I think he was star struck when the engineer spoke to him because he froze and wouldn’t talk but couldn’t take the smile off his face.  I enjoyed every minute of watching to se

e his reaction at each turn, each new experience.  I know he will remember this for a long time to come, and so will I.

We do a lot of things together as a family, but some things like this I like to do with just one child on their special day.  It is partly because of the expense, but also I really like the one on one time.

What are some memorable birthdays you have had with your children?

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One Response to Trains and Tots

  1. Liz M. says:

    I like trains. Rails run through older sections of towns that the Interstates tend to bar from view, so you sometimes see charming old buildings. The thing I like most about trains is that they don’t give me motion sickness.

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