Sunday, September 21, 2008

trains, gifts, and cake... oh, my!

For Ben's 3rd birthday, we took him to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL. He had never been there before ~ in fact, the last time we were there, Emmalie was only 15 months old! He was so excited about the many, many trains there!

First we rode on this beautifully restored electric train:
As much as he loved all the trains, Ben did NOT like the loud train whistles when they pulled into the station!:
Here is one of the street cars we saw. (We rode on a different one, and also on an electric bus.):
We visited a few of the train barns, as well. Ben thought it was great fun to run up and down these ramps: We got to climb onto a couple of trains:
And even play with little trains: We also rode on this cool Pullman car, pulled by a diesel engine:

It was a fun day, even for those of us (Em, Nick, and me) who aren't huge train enthusiasts....

In the evening we had a little family party for our birthday boy. He was thrilled by the pile of presents waiting for him: A new game!:
His very own bowling set!: Race cars and Hot Wheels tracks:
And we also gave him a big boy bed that is still in the box. Hopefully we will get it put together this week, and of course, I will take pictures.

Then we sang to Ben and had a little cake and ice cream:

It was finger-lickin' good! :)

I still can't believe he's 3 already....


Blogger Katie said...

looks like a fun day.

September 21, 2008 3:36 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

what great pics Janelle It looks like Ben had a geat time there! oved all the pics from starved Roock. Plan your next visit there in the fall, like mid Oct Its trul breathtaking!Tenldlife Prarie ParkNck oould love thte!

September 23, 2008 6:31 AM  

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