Hey friends, how was your weekend? I feel like we totally lucked out this weekend in so many ways, things just came together to make one awesome weekend. It started Friday with a donut date with Mitch and then I worked from home the rest of the day. We have officially started the construction phase of the year and had contractors at our house all day. Personally, I love working from home. I know others are baffled, but I accomplish so much in terms of work and chores. And let me tell you, there is nothing like starting into the weekend with your fridge stocked and laundry done.
Working from home also lets me spend a little extra time with Mitch in the form of breakfast dates and I can also pick him up from school. We decided to beat the crowds and do my usual Saturday morning shopping Friday afternoon.
Due to the construction in our house, we were unable to use either bathroom for two days (note – do not do construction on your showers at the same time). Fortunately, my gym has amazing facilities that I was able to use all weekend. I had a quick morning snack, kissed the boys and packed up for an early morning spin class and then enjoyed a quiet moment getting ready at the gym. They left the house shortly after me for a morning at Home Depot for Kid’s Day.
It was literally heaven. And I shaved my usual get-ready time from 60 minutes to 30. Just goes to show you all of the things I am juggling at home (getting Mitch ready, food, Henry, etc) in the morning. While I was finishing up, I received a message from Phil with a picture of Mitch’s new obsession
When we returned home, we were all more than ready for lunch. Everyone dug into sandwiches and then spent the afternoon resting. Unfortunately, I ended up with a terrible stomach pain that cashed me out for the rest of the day.
Fortunately, I woke up feeling 100 percent better Sunday morning. I was so relieved because we had big plans that I was hoping wouldn’t be spoiled. Thankfully, we all woke up in good moods and feeling great. After a quick breakfast, Mitch, Phil and I packed up the car and drove down to Greenfield Village for a day with Thomas the Train.
Mitch is in love with trains in all shapes, sizes, and forms. He has a huge Brio set from my parents that we’ve been adding to over the last year or so. But lately, Thomas the Train is all the rage. I am honestly not sure when he even learned of the character and friends, but he talks about Thomas, Percy and James all of the time. (He scored some from the Easter Bunny this year!). So, when my friend told me that a real Thomas train was coming to Greenfield Village, I immediately snagged tickets and purchased a special ride with Thomas.
We arrived before 9am knowing our 9:30am train ride was one-time use and there were no make-up rides. It was do or die! Fortunately, the ride was easy and we only waited a few minutes before the gates opened.
The train is in the back of the village, so we took an easy walk back before turning the corner to spot a life-sized Thomas.
You can tell when Mitch is blown away because he gets very, very quiet. Ha! It was such a wonderful moment, watching him overwhelmed with excitement and joy.
We had the second ride of the day, so we were able to stand a watch the passengers load onto the train and see Thomas blow smoke before announcing his departure. It worked out so well to have Mitch watch the experience before putting him on the train himself.
When Thomas turned the corner after his ride around the village, Mitch was practically crawling on Phil’s shoulders and head to get a better view.
Once the first train departed, we boarded and found seats in the middle of the train.
And with that, we were off on a ride around the village that took us past the farm, plenty of fields with animals grazing, the windmill and old town to represent the 1800s. Thomas sang songs the entire trip and kept the kids fully entertained. Mitch especially loved when there was a bend in the road so we could see Thomas out front.
After the train ride, we went out to explore the rest of the activities. The day was set up with several train experiences and games for kids. Mitch spent the next thirty minutes watching model trains run and then we jumped on the carousal ride followed by the play area and a little shopping at the gift shop.
We ended our day visiting the train depot.
Before leaving, we snapped a few pictures with Thomas before saying our goodbyes and heading home.
We all rested and ate lunch before I headed out to run a few errands. If you watched my story, you saw me share that while I totally struck out in my search, I did score a few goodies. Does anyone else hit-up the food area of Home Goods? There are usually a few good finds.
Yesterday, I snagged organic cookies and individual Barney Butter packs. That is a win in my book!
The guys had just made it outside when I returned home. It seems the morning wore out Mitch who took over a three hour nap! When I got out of my car, I was instantly greeted by a big hug from Mitch and kisses from Henry. Mitch took off and then came back carrying a planter for me that he had made with Phil announcing, “Happy Mother’s Day,” and then ran off to play baseball.
It may not have come on Mother’s Day, but it couldn’t have been more special or perfect. Or a better end to our weekend.
What is your favorite place to find great snacks?
What was the highlight of your weekend?