Saturday, October 29, 2005

Party Down

by Tom Bozzo

John has had an unbelievably long birthday season, as he insisted on getting a share of the festivities for his mother (beginning of October) and sister (mid-October), and had his playgroup friends over for a party a week ago. One day short of the real thing, we had the Twin Cities affair with the cousins, aunts, uncles, and Grandma.

First stop: The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum in St. Paul.

For a while, I wasn't sure we'd make it past the Thomas stuff near the entrance.

Then, this Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel set lured John away.

The median age of the kids there was approximately 3, and the staff were kind (not to mention alert) enough to run Thomas even though it was Saturday.

An aerial view of the Minneapolis riverfronts from the end of the Age of Steam, and the awesomely awesome 1/48 scale reproduction.

(Click for larger versions.)

Someone must have set the points wrong — this doesn't look much like Sodor...

This is neat (*), Dad. Think we could have one of these at home?

Then we were off to cousin Allison's house for pizza and cake.

The reveal: John says, "Let me at it!"

Make a wish...


(*) Neat, but not "cool," we were notified. "Cool," for now, is apparently reserved for John's Lego starfleet.
Happy birthday, John!

What adorable pictures.
Happy end-of-birthday-season, John! And welcome to the next set of holidays. [Does he absolutely crash in January?]
John is so adorable. I just want to pick him up and give him a big hug and smooch.
Thanks, everyone!

Nina: We'll see. He gets two Christmases with our usual travel arrangements, but he's so much bigger now that his reaction to it all will be an adventure.

Tonya: Sadly, he now occasionally wriggles away from Parental Displays of Affection (or tries to). Three and all, you know.
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