Friday, May 12, 2017

Father's Day 2016

+JMJ+

As I continue to resurrect this blog that laid more or less dormant for so long there will be a quite a few recaps from events that transpired long ago. I could just skip over everything I failed to write about in a timely fashion, but then you would miss adorable photos of my kids and their shenanigans and nobody wants that!

Last year for Father's Day my husband, Michael, wanted to celebrate with a fun family outing. Truth be told, there weren't many things in New England that we felt were priced so that we really got our money's worth (Midwestern problems, I know - but it's hard to adjust to northeastern cost of living as people that grew up doing similar things for a fraction of the cost!). However, there was one place we had been that we felt was truly worth what we paid in terms of what the kids got out of it - and that was Thomas Land.


To be accurate, the place we went to was a theme park called Edaville, located not too far from Cape Cod; the previous autumn they had opened an entire new area within their park called "Thomas Land," where all the rides are geared towards little Thomas & Friends lovers. We had a blast going there when Gabriel was a little over 2 (and Peter was maybe 3 months), so we decided to go again.

The first time we went, baby Peter literally napped through the entire visit because we only stayed through the morning and lunch (and we still felt good about the price and what we got out of it, which is saying something). This time, however, Gabriel was old enough to stay through his afternoon nap time (he later fell asleep as soon as we began the drive home) and Peter could actually go on some rides!

Here he is riding the "Diesel Derby"

Plus, there were a couple rides that were not yet open the first time we visited the park so this time we got to experience it all. What a joy that Peter could actually join us on a few rides at only one year old! It is a great amusement park for young kids, I'm tellin' ya.

Riding "Winston's Skyline Express"

We usually spend the majority of our time in the actual "Thomas Land" portion of the park, but during lunch we have never failed to also visit the real locomotive they have on display.


This time around Gabriel (who was 2 years, 10 months) even requested to go on a couple of the generic (read: not Thomas & Friends) rides in the main area of the park, like this airplane:


After lunch was a good time to briefly head indoors to the air conditioning for the restrooms, changing table, nursing room, and, of course the upstairs level that houses small rides specifically geared towards young children. We were pretty much the only ones inside, so Gabriel requested to ride these little tracked cars over and over and over and over and over while Peter took a little snooze in the stroller.


Once Peter woke up it was time for our final ride of the afternoon - THE Thomas train (pictured above). It's a real train ride (led by the official Thomas the tank engine, of course) that takes you around all of Edaville.

Riding the train

The boys always have a blast on the Thomas train because A) it's Thomas, B) it's a train, and C) it gives a nice view of all the rides. As a mother I adore the Thomas train because it means I get to sit down for at least 15 minutes.

Being the cutest brothers

The entire day was a great way to celebrate the excellent father my husband is while having a lot of family fun. It's kind of crazy to think that this was Michael's third Father's Day (4th if you count when I was pregnant with Gabriel), because it feels like just yesterday I was beginning to catch real glimpses of what he would be like as a daddy or celebrating the gift of his fatherhood when Gabriel was just a baby. I do not know where the time went, but I do know that I sat on that Thomas train ride marveling at our 2 precious children and how much they adore Michael.


I'm so blessed to have this man as the father of our children. Just look at that image of him holding our baby! I captured it amidst fits of giggles as Peter delighted in being held by his father and smothered him with baby kiss after baby kiss.

Michael, you are such a dedicated dad who is already teaching the boys so much through your words and actions. Thank you for loving all of us so well and setting such a strong, positive example for our kids in countless ways. We love you and would be so lost with you, your love, and everything else you bless us with daily.

And a happy (belated and/or early) Father's Day to all of you with fatherly roles out there! You help shape and guide us (for better or worse); the work you do is so important, so thank you!

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms, even when his hands are empty."
-Anonymous

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