For Micah's third birthday we all went to ride the Heber Creeper, a historic train in the Heber Valley. That morning Micah got to open a present. It was his own train engineer outfit and train whistle.
Showing the kids how the whistle works.
Micah was pretty excited to be up close to a real train!
Grandma and Grandpa Wheat were able to come.
The engineer and the conductor.
Grandma and Grandpa Sandberg came too. Grandma Sandberg got all the kids a toy locomotive.
Julia wanted to get up and use the restroom right away. When we got into the bathroom she was disappointed there was no hole at the bottom of the toilet where she could see the train tracks going by. We had read a book a few months ago about old steam trains going west, and apparently that fact was what stood out to Julia the most. She was disappointed she couldn't whiz on the tracks...
Halfway through the ride some bandits jumped on board and demanded to know where the money box was.
This old bandit went around asking the kids about the money box and giving them chocolate gold coins.
Micah was mesmerized.
Cutest little engineer.
I brought a bunch of train books for them to read in case they got bored. But between going up to the concession car (the train went pretty slow, it was easy to walk around), hanging out the window watching the view, and the on board entertainment they were pretty content.
Robert and Micah checking out the concession car.
When it was time to turn around and head back to the station the conductor had unhitch the locomotive and drive it on a set set of tracks down to the back of the train so we could go the opposite direction. Here he walks back up to the front of the train.
"Fixing" the locomotive.
He looks so content.
Afterwards we went out to eat at Dairy Keen, a train themed fast food restaurant in Heber.
We tried to blow out candles on cupcakes, but it was too windy, so we sang to him and pretended to blow out candles.
Back home we lighted candles and sang to him again.
And the next morning we sang again on his banana chocolate chip pancake, because it's just fun to sing Happy Birthday and it was his actual birthday.
He got one more present that morning. He has been asking for a digger to go along with his dump truck.