Last week Larry had spring break but CC did not, which meant that we couldn’t really go anywhere. It’s just as well, with two kids now, I’m realizing that sometimes doing a “stay-cation” is a lot more manageable and relaxing. So during the week while CC was in school for the morning, we took advantage of the free time by meeting up with people for brunch, finishing up taxes (Larry), getting a pedicure (me), and eating out a lot. All in all it was a very chill week, which I think is exactly what we needed. I had illusions that maybe I would get some needed spring cleaning done, but I gave up those illusions pretty quickly.
We didn’t want the whole break to go by without going anywhere, so on Saturday we took a half-day trip to Sonoma. You’re probably thinking wineries, right? Well, Larry and I aren’t exactly wine-tasting kind of people so we didn’t visit any vineyards. We went to Sonoma for Traintown! We had never heard of it before, but I stumbled upon it when I was researching online for things to do. It’s definitely a place worth visiting if you have any toddlers in the house, especially if they are enamored with trains like ours is.
Traintown is a very small amusement park (if you have kids that are older than 6, they probably wouldn’t enjoy it). I think in total they only had 6 rides, and CC was only tall enough to go on 2 or 3 of them. But the nice thing is you only have to buy tickets for the rides and not for admission. What I really enjoyed was the 20 minute train ride, which I thought was the best of all the train rides we’ve taken, which is saying a lot because we’ve taken a lot of train rides. It goes through the park, fake towns and neighborhoods, and has lots of tunnels. In the middle the train takes a 6 minute pit stop at a small petting farm and kids can get out and feed the goats and alpacas. (Make sure you bring quarters for the food pellet vending machines, or you can just do what Larry did, pick them off the ground). This was Turner’s first train ride and I think he had a great time.
Some friends who live in Petaluma came out and met us and we had lunch at a pizzeria in a plaza right next to Traintown. We had lunch, I snagged an Ann Taylor tank top for $8 at a consignment shop in the plaza, and went back to Traintown so CC could go on a few more rides without ever having to move our car from the parking lot. We left around 2:30pm and the kids and I napped in the car during the hour long drive home. All in all it was lovely day, except for the fact that I came home with a cold. I ended the week by going to bed Sunday evening at 8:00pm and slept until 6am. I figured I would need that 10 hours of sleep since this week CC is on spring break and Larry’s back at work, so I’ll need all the energy I can get!