Monday, April 27, 2009

Our Lucky Day

A few weeks ago on Classy Mommy's blog I was lucky enough to win tickets to the Thomas the Train Live show on Broadway in New York City. I didn't say anything to Austin because I wanted him to be surprised, but I could hardly contain my excitement.

It was a gorgeous day, one the first truly beautiful days we have had this Spring. The show started at 5 so we headed up after lunch, but stopped on the way to pick up Aunt Lauren to join us in the fun.

I thought for sure Austin would fall asleep on the car ride, but he was too excited. Instead he pointed out nearly everything he saw out the window for almost two hours. The funniest thing was that all of the sudden he said, "Look Mommy, look Aunt Lauren, it's Geico!" We thought we heard him wrong until we looked up and saw a billboard of the latest ad with the stack of bills with eyes.

The trip was fine and we didn't hit much traffic at all until we were about to enter the tunnels. Of course, that is when we heard this from the back seat, "I have to go pee pee!"

It was bumper to bumper through the tunnel and I knew that even when we got through the tunnel we would still have to go find parking near the theater before he would have a chance to go potty. I prayed he would make it. He kept informing me and I kept begging him to please hold it. Finally, as we neared the parking garage, I could tell he was desperate. I told him that if he could keep from having an accident I would buy him something special at the show.

And he made it! Yay for Austin. He is now the proud owner of a light thingy that says Thomas the Train on it.

As you can see he immediately formed a special relationship with it.

Going into the theater was so exciting for him. There was so much to look at and he was eager for the show to start. By the way, our seats were fantastic. We were in the second row of the first balcony which was the perfect vantage point for a little guy.

He passed the time waiting for the show to start by having a snack which he barely shared with us.

Finally, the cast of the show started to come out to introduce themselves and the crowd, including Austin, cheered with glee.

But, that was nothing compared to when the star of the show came on stage.

I was honestly very impressed with the trains and how large and "real" they were. The excitement in the room was deafening.

The play was about the circus coming to Sodor and more specifically the farm. Austin loved the farm scene and all the animals singing.

The sheep were so cute!

There were great lessons tied into the storyline. One was that Thomas was trying to do more than he was capable of and ended up causing a lot of problems because he wouldn't ask for help.

Austin was fascinated. He told me several times that he wanted to be in the show too.

The cast was really terrific. The music and dancing were on par with a Broadway show and Austin was out of his seat joining them every time the music began.

In the end, Thomas learned some valuable lessons and everyone present was happy for him.

The circus was held and because the ring master was held up in another town, Sir Topham Hat stepped in to save the day.

Austin loved EVERY single minute of the show and I loved every single minute of seeing the joy on his face and watching him dance to the music.

I would highly recommend this show to any mommies with a Thomas lover. It far exceeded my expectations in terms of entertainment and quality.

After the show we all went to get some delicious NY pizza and had the added bonus of being near a firehouse that left on two calls.

An afternoon of Thomas, followed by pizza, firetrucks, skyscrapers, a balloon, a new Thomas toy and time with Mommy and Lauren.

In Austin's words, "I had a great day Mommy!!!"


mommaof4wife2r said...

oh my cute!!! love it! i bet he can't quit talking about it.

Raise Them Up said...

What a neat show! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pictures!

Krystyn said...

Congrats on your win!

What a fun way to spend the day with the little man!

daningo said...

What fun pictures. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time. What special memories.

Wendi said...

My boys have never been big Thomas fans...but after this post...I may be!
Looks like you had a great time in the city that doesn't sleep!
What wonderful memories you will have!!

Chris said...

That's one of those days that lasts forever in your memory.

Very fun.

Classy Mommy said...

what a super day. so excited how much he loved it. your pictures were wonderful and years from now i'm sure it will be such a fabulous memory. we went to the doodlebops concert last year at hershey park with kenzie and seriously we still talk about all the time and she totally remembers it.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

what a great date with your little guy!