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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A birthday to remember

We had a really good day for Little Man's 2nd Birthday.

First, we headed out at 7:15am toward Baltimore to visit Santa at B&O Railroad. Although the breakfast was a little lackluster, all that mattered was Little Man A was so excited about seeing all the trains again. We even got a really good picture of us with Santa.

After hanging out with Santa, we were able to venture around the museum. Local model train clubs were displaying amazingly detailed layouts of construction sites, zoos, ice skating by city hall, and an amusement park. Little Man was in heaven when he spotted the firetruck at the back of a train car.

Then we boarded a train for a short mile long ride out from the museum. Another quick visit by Santa on board and we were back to touring the museum. A volunteer who knew an astounding amount of information about trains was nice enough to catch this photo.

Unfortunately for Little Man A, we couldn't stay all day as we needed to return Gramma and Pop-pop's rental car to the airport and get ready for a train birthday party. I thought Little Man could stay awake until we got home in time for lunch, but he fell fast asleep about 5 minutes out. Fortunately, he was able to sleep for an hour and a half because he was wide awake and ready for the second half of the day as soon as we stopped in the driveway.

While Pop-pop worked on making homemade pizzas, Daddy was busy hanging decorations, Mommy was putting goodie bags together with fun magnet frame kits (that I wasn't brave enough to have the kids put together with glue at my house), Gramma was busy designing this masterpiece.

Yes, that is cupcake train cake. With twizzlers, tootsie rolls, m&m's, and sprinkles. All a parents' worse nightmare at 6:30pm.

Little Man was right at home with all the train decorations. I tried to put out a few small trains on the table for decoration, but Little Man didn't recognize them so they needed to be played with.

When we started to open gifts, I was about to grab his Tigger chair, but Gramma had a different idea.

The bottom cushion folds up and it's equipped with a throttle to make "chugga-chugga" sounds and make the wheels on the bottom go round and round, a train whistle, and Thomas' theme song. As Little Man opened each present, he was less and less interested in opening more presents. Especially when he received a bulldozer, a loader, and a tractor book with wheels. It's a good thing because the other kids were more interested in opening the gifts for themselves.

After everyone cleared out, Gramma brought out her gifts and we were able to have some quiet time with Little Man.

All in all it was a good day. I hope Little Man had a good day too.


Wenderina said...

So great....thanks for sharing this.

Lori said...

Yay! Thanks for the pics. The party sounds like it was a blast. He looks so happy! The cake looks great too!

Z-Kids said...

Wow - how fun!