Bits: Dinosaur Train Edition.

A few weeks ago a friend told me about how the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in North Carolina was doing a special “Dinosaur Train” ride this month.

“Dinosaur Train” is a show on PBS that Tom just loves.

If you come over to our house and he asks to see the “fossil one” — he means Dinosaur Train.

Specifically, the fossil one.

(So smart, that kid.)

What made this idea even cooler was that my Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Bill live about 25 minutes from that railroad, and they agreed to let our family (and ALL of our stuff) crash at their house for the weekend.

You guys?

Best. Idea. Ever.

To say Tom loved it would be a complete understatement.

He loved it-loved it.

Like…he wants to marry it.

He loved every single thing involved in this weekend.

He loved Bill and “Cara.”

He loved the “big train.”

He loved all the Dinosaur Train stuff.

He loved-loved-loved the train museum with the hugely extravagant model train sets.

How do I know?

Well, because every day since Friday, he’s woken up and asked if we could see the big train and the train museum.

And he continues asking throughout the day.

Friday night he fell asleep kind of mumbling, “big train…trains…buddy…dinosaur…”


We feel like we should receive a gold medal for parenting for this idea.

(So…hand it over!)

Here’s how it looked…

Tom “smiling” in front of the big train!

Pulling up to the “Dinosaur Train” area. This is where I excitedly said, “There’s Buddy! And Mr. Conductor!” and my child just looked at me like I was insane.

Daddy and Tom meeting “Buddy” the T-Rex. At first Tom was intimidated, then fascinated and about 30 minutes after this photo, he was obsessed with Buddy. So cute!

Getting his dino ball gear. (It’s putt-putt with golf clubs made of sticks and “dinosaur eggs” as balls.)

Getting pointers from Daddy.

This is as close as he would get to “Laura the Giganotosaurus.”

Digging for fossils.

Mommy, Alice and Tom with Mr. Conductor.

Showing off his “Buddy and Tiny” tattoo.

Playing with trains on the train. Also? He’s tired. Ha!

Enjoying the train!

Looking at the model trains. He was in awe. Absolute awe.

He spent over an hour in there. We were by far the last to leave. Hilarious.

They had a little button he could push to make the trains go. He pushed it 1,468 times.

Aunt Carolyn and Alice!

Tom’s favorite thing at Bill and Carolyn’s was their oval rug. We raced around it constantly. Constantly! He was so funny about it and loved it so much.

We had the absolute best time.

There is really no better feeling than knowing your kids are happy and had a great time, and we’re so thankful Tom loved it so much and Alice was so super cute and great.

You know what all this fun means?

We’ll have to go back in October for their Pumpkin Patch train!

No, really.

We have to go back.

I have a certain toddler who is demanding it.


Hope y’all have a good week! LOVE.

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4 Responses to Bits: Dinosaur Train Edition.

  1. Jennifer says:

    We actually did the October train ride and Snoopy and the gang were there to greet us. It was great fun and the weather was perfect! I would definitely recommend it. It was actually one of the best “vacations” we’ve had as a family.

  2. Nicole says:

    This looks fantastic! I already decided we are doing this in the fall. It really is an awesome feeling to come up with an activity the entire family enjoys!

  3. othervixie says:

    Looks wonderful. So glad Tom had a good time, I was thinking about you all weekend.

  4. Kristina says:

    Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Wish we could of made it as well. Tom is just so cute!

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