Christmas Trains

* Matthew is on my lap “helping.”

Yesterday, we went to the Botanic Gardens to see the Christmas trains. [o0?>=-9  We rode the Metro train with our friends Caroline and Katherine. The train ride alone was an adventure to the kids, who all seemed to enjoy the novelty.

There was a huge tree as soon as we stepped inside, with a train running around the base. It was beautiful.

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Matthew liked the circus train the best.

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The caterpillar train was also a big hit.

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The decorations were great. There were a lot of fairy tale characters, like the three little pigs.

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The life-sized toy soldier was also popular

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David enjoyed himself, too. Grandpa took some time off of work to meet us. The two of them ran around taking in the endlessly chugging trains,

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including ones that ran around the ceiling.

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I dressed the boys in holiday shirts in the hopes of getting a Christmas card photo. Getting both of them to look in the same direction at the same time, while smiling, is a nearly impossible task.

Matthew looks good in this one.

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David looks good in this one.

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I have nearly a dozen pictures where neither one looks good, but after MUCH jumping, snapping, begging, and threatening, we got one decent photo.

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The ride home was uneventful (thankfully!). David slept on the train, Matthew slept in the car. All in all, a successful field trip.

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December 3, 2008. the boys, trips.

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