Wordless Wednesday: Nebraska

At the beginning of the month, Justin, Shane and I went to Nebraska {yes, apparently people do that} to celebrate Justin’s Grandma’s 90th birthday! We were only there for about 36 hours, but we packed a lot into that short time!

Toddler's first plane ride

Shane got to go on his first plane ride!

Nebraska countryside

We drove. A LOT. But we couldn’t stop staring at how GREEN everything is in Nebraska! Everything is either dirt or dead out here.

Runza Restaurants

We went to Runza, which is a tradition for Justin’s family apparently. I had never heard of it but I couldn’t eat what they’re famous for anyway {it had beef} but Justin was happy!

toddler porch swing

Shane met some of his second cousins, which he was really excited about {mostly because they had fruit snacks}.

Drawn on painting

Shane managed to draw on a painting at an assisted living center {totally feel bad about that one but at least he used the right color…}

Toddler playground mall

We went to the mall & played at the playground in it.

Kid riding car

Shane got to ride in a car with a mouse- even though he was terrified as soon as the ride began {as usual}.

Toddler Carousel

Shane got to go on his first carousel!

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&My mother-in-law and I may have ridden it with him once, too.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

Our Day Out with Thomas!

As I shared with you last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Day Out with Thomas tour in Boulder City, NV over the weekend & we had SO much fun!

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We arrived at the tracks a bit early for our ride, so we decided to check out the other activities!

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First, we pulled into the Imagination Station! There, we played with some fun train sets & made some cute pictures!

Then we hit the storytime tent, where we listened to a fun story all about Thomas & his friends. After the story, Shane got some pretty rad tattoos- a blue Thomas the Train one & a “green Thomas the Train” one {also known as Percy}.

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Then it was our turn for a ride on Thomas & Shane LOVED it! He sat quietly with his hands folded, just watching out the window.

After the ride, Sir Topham Hat was waiting to meet the passengers, but Shane wasn’t so sure about that, so we just watched from afar. Shane DID want to check out the gift shop tent though, which is where we had to pry dozens of toys from Shane’s clutching hands. Luckily, Thomas the Train gave us a present to thank us for riding him- a cute little MEGA Bloks Thomas!

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Despite the unseasonably cold day, we had a blast visiting Thomas. Every day since then, Shane has woken up and gone to sleep talking about it & asking to go see Thomas next time he’s in town.

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Do you want to check out the Day Out with Thomas Tour? Check out the schedule to see when he’s pulling into YOUR station!


Susie’s Note: We received tickets to the Tour to facilitate this review. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

A So Good, So Sweet Memory

Sometimes, it’s the little moments in life that make the best memories.

A couple of months ago, Justin & I decided on a whim to take Shane to the zoo. We had gone once before & while we only have a very small zoo here, Shane had loved it & had asked about going back for weeks. So finally, we decided to surprise him & take him again.

We drove to the zoo, which took about 10 minutes, but somehow over that time the temperature dropped, a LOT. It had been warm when we left our house, so Shane wasn’t wearing a sweater, and I didn’t think to bring one since I keep one in my car. Only problem? We had taken Justin’s car, which does NOT have a sweater in it.

At this point, though, Shane had already seen the flamingos & turtles welcoming us from the front entry, so we knew we wouldn’t be able to leave without disappointing him. So instead, I let Shane wear my sweater {even though it looked like a dress on him} and we continued on, despite Justin & I both being really cold.

We had a great time & loved visiting all of the animals, but the mountain lion was what made this trip unforgettable. For over five minutes, it played with Shane. It first played peek-a-boo by walking in & out of sight, and then chased him back & forth over & over from inside of the cage. I got a lot of it on video, and despite the poor quality of the video {and the fact that you can’t see Shane for the first half of it}, I still play it when I’m having a bad day or just want to hear my family laughing together.

It was the zoo trip that almost didn’t happen, but one unexpected moment turned it into what is sure to be a lifelong memory.

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Wordless Wednesday: Here, Kitty Kitty!

Shane made a new friend at the zoo last weekend- a mountain lion!

It’s super cute as long as you ignore that he’s wearing my sweater & the part where he totally falls on his face at the end.

Wordless Wednesday: Fireman Shane!

So about a month ago, Shane & I headed to the fire station with some friends to check out the big red truck & tour the fire station!

Shane loved hanging out in the fire truck- almost as much as he loved hanging out with his friend C! {he’s got quite the crush!}

A real fireman came out to let all the kids check out his gear…

…but Shane was too busy having a tantrum since he had to get out of the truck.

After the fire station, we went to the park for a picnic!

Shane was more interested in playing than eating, though!

All in all, it was a day that resulted in memories of Shane that I’ll carry with me forever. ♥

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