Here's a day Daddy Grandpa Travis and Jared visited the North American Model Train show at Cobo Center in Detroit. As you can see, the boy was quite distracted by all the cool train stuff
Here's a nice layout of a very detailed fishing village
And another shot of the same layout. I thought this one was the best
And now Legos!
And more Legos! And a baseball game to boot, how neat
Very cool shuttle made from, you guessed it, Legos!
Here's a neat Star Wars scene made from even more Legos!
So get this, we take a ride on the Detroit Peoplemover and who should get on? The King! He was sure to thankusverymuch
Back at home for a hearty home-cooked dinner. Here's the boy munching on some yummy, buttery sweet corm, mmmmm
Ok, zero real transition here, but this is actually taken on a visit to Great-Grandma Shirley's in Wisconsin. Here's our little ankle-biter saying hi to some goats at the Rock County 4H fair. He loves animals so much
And here's some baby duckies
It was really cute, the duckies would swim around and then climb all over the wire mesh and ramps and repeat. Hi duckie!
And here's the family riding the carousel they had at the fair
Look how big I am!
Here's Great-Grandma Shirley reading the paper with a super-cute little boy
This was taken at a place called the Liberty Station in Milton (Wisconsin). It's a restaurant made out of the old train station, plus we're actually sitting inside a caboose for lunch!
And a shot of the family with all the railroad memorabilia
Mama and Jared posing in front of the CNW engine they have sitting out front
Nearby farmer Meyer sells pumpkins for Halloween and he took it upon himself to have the coolest silo cap around
This is on our trip to Wisconsin Dells, a very exciting tourist city in mid-Wisconsin (I highly recommend it for a fun family summer vacation of any length). Here we are at the Wisconsin Deer Park where they have hundreds of deer that are so tame you can feed them and even pet them too
Jared feeding a friendly buck
Oooo, so soft and velvety
While at the Dells, we visited the Riverside and Great Northern Railway. It's a small, 15" track train that rides into the woods and back. As if you couldn't guess, Jared was totally geeked to ride it
As you can see, everything is scaled down to match the train size, including the buildings and water tower. Look out, it's a giant boy!
And a shot of the roundhouse and turntable
Daddy and his awesome little boy
Add Mama into the mix
Looking over the bridge in the woods. Yeah, the fence doesn't make for a great picture, but it was still cool to experience
Here's the engineer and conductor prepping the train for the trip back
At the end of the (single) line into the woods, they load the engine and tender onto a turntable
Then they turn it around to head back to the station
But before they could hook it back up...oops! Derail! Dissed! We had to get shuttled back to the station eventually, and missed a ride back on the train, but oh well, it was still really fun and we'll be sure to do it again
Now here's a couple of cool myna birds at an African safari park in the area. It's actually the old Storybook Gardens that they added some animals too. It had some cool things, but overall it was really junky and I don't recommend it
Jared checking out a tortise
And ooooo, a giraffe checking out the boy, how cool!
Now we transition back to Janesville where we're having dinner at Shakey's Pizzeria. It's a yummy pizza buffet with all sorts of good food. Here's Mama and Great-Grandma Shirley
And Jared sharing his ice cream cone with Great Aunt Carol
And finally Mama and the boy smiling for the adoring masses
Time to go back home, but we had a great time!