Christian's train obsession extends beyond the wooden variety. In November the three of us joined Atticus and Alison and their two sons for a trip to see the trains at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. For the holidays, the garden runs an electric ride-on train around their big lawn. We took a ride on it and Christian thought it was fascinating. A funny thing about Christian is, the more interested he is in what's going on, the less he smiles. He just focuses hard and tries to take it all in. So on the entire ride, he was speechless and expressionless. Here is a photo of him enjoying the ride.
The garden also has a model train exhibit which Christian and Finnan enjoyed watching.
For more train excitement, Christian and I recently took the commuter train to David's office to meet him for lunch. It was Christian's first real train ride. (Real, as in the destination was somewhere other than where we started!) He had an absolute ball. Once he adjusted to the new surroundings, he insisted on sitting on his own seat, not on my lap. He asked a thousand questions. (Ahdah? Ahdah? Ahdah?) He got especially excited when other trains passed by the windows. (AHDAH?! AHDAH?! AHDAH?! ) These commuter trains are usually silent because no one talks to each other, but on this day everyone could hear a little toddler voice screaming out his questions. I could see everyone smiling and laughing at his excitement and innocence. We plan to take many more train trips to David's office in the future.
Here is one last picture of our happy, train-loving boy.