Friday, January 9, 2009

All Aboard!



Peanut sat on a railroad track


His heart was all a flutter


Choo Choo Train come around the bend


Toot Toot Peanut Butter!




My dad used to sing this little song and his dad before that. How many generations back, I do not know, but it is a sweet memory and now, one shared with our children. We all love a good train ride and so, when our schedules permitted, we headed off to the country for Hannah's first ride on the Strasburg rails.



The scenery was beautiful. Farms, farms and more farms. I love to see all the wash hung out and blowing in the breeze. It is a primarily Amish community and I have commented in the past about the simplicity and the beauty in that. Peaceful.



The cars were decorated for the holidays, which I love. Even the burning stoves and lanterns had greens on them.




The conductor mugged for the camera (I shot this out the train window as he was boarding other guests). A gentleman, through and through, he shook hands and helped ladies to their seats. He bent down to hug one little boy and the little boy squealed with such joy that the conductor HUGGED HIM!



Got our Tickets!! Thanks Pop!





Emily boarding the train





Showing her little sister other guests through the window


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One happy little rail rider!!




Ready to go! Hannah was so incredibly excited she...



fell sound asleep! The swaying of the car put her right out:)



Em enjoyed the entire ride, her favorite part is the ghost whistle, because there is such an expanse of land, when the whistle blows, it echoes in the valley and so we opened the windows and the kids were thrilled to hear the whistle back:)


TOOT TOOT!





23 comments:

Meredith Teagarden said...

Heather, I love the shot of the three of you.. I also LOVE that you pass on a song for children!

Michelle said...

How funny that Hannah fell right asleep!! That's a sweet picture of her in your arms. And the girls look so cute in their little hats.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Jodee Leader said...

What a fun family outing! I love the picture with your sleeping beauty! What great scenery too!

Hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend!

MacMui Mom said...

How fun to go on the choo choo. Strasburg is our fave. We should do it together in the summer and have a picnic. You always ahve such wonderful pictures!! Have a great weekend and keep warm and dry!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What great pictures Heather....I also love the one of you with the girls....it is beautiful!!

I am glad that you had such a fun trip...my sister just took her little boy who is obsessed with trains....he loved it!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa

3 Peanuts said...

I LOVe the shot of the 3 of you looking out the window too! It is gorgeous!!!

Have a great weekend.

kim

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Heather said...

I've never been on a train. That is something I have on my "to do" list before I get too old!!!!

Love the pictures. Such beautiful girls!

mommy24treasures said...

what an adorable post. Sweet sweet....

Missy said...

What a fun family outing! I would have loved to experience this as a young one. I am so glad your girls were able to. I LOVE seeing pics of your beautiful family!

As an aside, thank you for the prayers for us. You are such a sweet, dear friend to me and I am so appreciative of you. You are a strong, Christian lady and I admire you so much! I love ya!

sheryl said...

What a wonderful afternoon! I love all the pictures, especially the one of Hannah in your arms. The scenery there is amazing and so very peaceful. I agree with you, there is a lot to be learned from the Amish way of life.

Hugs,
Sheryl

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

OK, you do the funnest things! What great pix!

Oh...they's look great in a scrapbook!!! :) Ah-hem.

Love and miss you!

Hugs,
Me

Shelly and Family said...

What a great day for a train ride...looks like you all had a ton of fun!

prechrswife said...

Love it! It looks like you had a great time. :-)

Kristi said...

My grandmother lives in Lititz! We visited her last fall and went and road the Strausburg Railroad. My girls loved it! We used to ride it when I was a child so it was fun for me to ride it again too.

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Hi dear friend~

I'm coming out of blog hiding today and am visiting you. What fun to see the beautiful shots of your girls and you. We almost did this trip in October but didn't b/c I was afraid it would impede my visit with you. Maybe next time...

I'm on to the rest of your posts...

xoxo,
Lisa

The Byrd's Nest said...

Wow...I am really behind on my blogs. I have never ridden a train in my life! What fun! I just love Hannah's silly grin.

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