Since Nathan starts school tomorrow, we decided we needed to do one last fun thing before the end of the summer. Well, if you've been reading this blog over this summer, a lot of our time has been spent looking for trains. So today, we got tickets to ride on the Bertram Flier. I told my father-in-law that if they wanted an easy train to find, that the Austin Steam Train station is around the corner from our house. A couple weeks ago, they had a train departing at 10:00 so I told him that they should go check it out. They got there just in time to watch the train leave. But my father-in-law figured that while they were there, they'd check out the train schedule. After looking at the brochure of excursions Nathan decided he wanted to ride the Bertram Flier. When I heard that, I was a little hesitant. We've gone to Day Out with Thomas for the last four years and every year he was antsy and was wanting to get off the train. The Bertram Flier is a two and a half hour trip. J and I sat down to talk to Nathan to make sure he was aware that the trip would be fairly long and that he couldn't get off if he decided he wanted off. He said he understood. So I reluctantly ordered the tickets. As soon as he woke up this morning he was asking when we were going. After getting ready and grabbing some food, we met up with the in-laws at the train station and it was finally time for our train ride.
And he really loved going out and looking out the caboose with Poppy.
The train stopped in Bertram for fifteen minutes while the train crew moved the engine to the other end of the train. As soon as we got off the train Nathan went straight for the engine. He loves them. But then he's a equal opportunity train lover. He loves every type of train engine and train car.
But I did manage to get him to stand still long enough to snap a picture.
And a family photo. A nice man from the train crew offered to take a picture of the three of us. Which never gets to happen. I happily took him up on his offer.
Surprisingly Nathan did really well. I had a backpack packed with some activities and his iPad to keep him busy in the event that he got bored of the trip. But they weren't even necessary because he was pointing out everything from our train car. He was smiling from ear to ear. I don't think he was even that happy on Christmas day.
Overall the whole trip was a success and I'm so glad that we were able to go and enjoy some time together on this last day of summer vacation. Hope ya'll had a great weekend and if your little ones are starting school tomorrow, hope it's a good first day!