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Our day on the train August 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jjribble @ 4:30 AM
What a poser

What a poser

Waiting for the Train
Waiting for the Train

So all summer Atticus has been begging to ride the train…well, Frontrunner. We finally broke down on Friday and rode the train. Jesse took the day off and we decided to get up and just go to breakfast. There is a train stop right by one of our most favorite breakfast places…Sill’s. This fine eating establishment deserves a blog all it’s own, but that is for a later time. 

The kids slept until about nine, so an “early” start was out of the question. However, I don’t complain about sleep so we got started when they got up. Atticus was so excited he could barely stand it. The first words out of his mouth were, “Let’s go ride the train!” I fed Ainsley while he and Jesse jumped in the shower. We got to our Bountiful train station at about 10:00. We only had to wait about ten minutes for the train and of course, Atticus was doing a thorough job of scoping out the place and discovering all the five million things that could potentially cause my “indestructable” two year old harm. When the train pulled into the station it was like Christmas morning. He was so excited and was jumping and screaming with ultimate joy.

Along for the ride

Along for the ride

As we boarded the train we picked a spot next to the window and he was able to look out and enjoy all the sights…horses, cows, Lagoon, other trains, and everything else his two year old little eyes could take in. It took only a few minutes for his bravery to increase and of course, his curious self was off investigating the train. The words, “you need to stay by mom and dad,” went in one ear and out the other! However, we arrived at our destination without incident and he was fully content and ready to have breakfast.

As I mentioned earlier, we dined at Sill’s. This place is an institution and for Jesse and me a place we have been frequenting for years. Yes, even those good old high school days when attending class was “optional.”  Seriously, if you haven’t eaten here…DO IT! They are supposedly tearing the place down to allow more parking for Frontrunner. The familiar song lyrics “Paved paradise to put up a parking lot” is totally applicable here. This place is a total greasy spoon, but worth every cholesterol point and pound you gain. Keep in mind if you go there you have to be aggressive. There is not a waitress seating you and it is every man for himself. Often times, you sit at a table that hasn’t even been bussed just so you can get a spot! I think 90% of the diners are wearing pajamas and most of the patrons are nursing hangovers. However, don’t let this detract. It really is one of the greatest places on earth to eat real stick to your ribs, gutt ache food! I will be so sad the day it closes because for us, it truly is a family tradition.

My boys

My boys

When we finished eating we realized we had about five minutes to the next train. The train stop is across a fairly busy street and tucked behind another restaurant. With Atticus in my arms and Ainsley buckled in her carseat, Jesse and I made a dash for the train. As we were crossing the road, we saw the train pull into the station. Now keep in mind, we just ate our weight in food and we were each carrying 30 pounds extra weight of children. We made it to the train panting, heaving, and trying our best not to lose our breakfast. I told Jesse as we pulled away from the station that people watching were most definitely laughing at us. That’s okay because we would have been laughing at people like us too!

The ride back was about the same as the ride in with the exception of two very tired children. Ainsley was mostly along for the ride as she really isn’t old enough to experience it yet. As I sat there with my family on a Friday morning I was reminded that every crazy adventure builds lifelong memories. I am so thankful every day for the beautiful family with which I have been blessed. I’m sure there are many more memories to come and many more “Friday mornings.”

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6 Responses to “Our day on the train”

  1. Raechel Williams Says:

    I love it!!! You captured Sills beautifully!!!!
    Could your littlest man look anymore like a big kid??? How did this happen???

    • jjribble Says:

      I know…it’s completely frightening how fast time flies. It seems like yesterday he was bouncing in that bounce chair at your house and eating beef stroganoff. Now he’s a big brother and a little kid!

  2. Morgan Says:

    I’ve been wanting to ride the frontrunner for awhile now too. Maybe I should go get some breakfast at that place. I remember you talking about it once before.

    I’ll be back in Utah on the 29th. I hear there is a dinner on the 30th?

    • jjribble Says:

      I’m excited for you to come home. I need to wash your car because it is so dirty! It has been sitting in the rain, the sprinklers, and all the summer gunk. However, I am driving to Portland on Friday and won’t get home until late Saturday/Sunday night. Yes we have a dinner at Eli and Christine’s new house on Sunday! Get directions and come. My kids would love to see you. Atticus calls you at least once a week on his little play cell phone. He dials it and says I’m talking to Morgan. I know he misses you, and you are going to die when you see Ainsley. We have a new person living with us and her name is Alison. She is obviously in your old room and it took Atticus a few days to realize that “Morgan’s room” was being used by someone else! Have a safe trip and I will see you soon.

  3. girlsmama Says:

    Jarrod an I were just talking this morning about when Morgan was coming home! Now I know. 🙂

    Our Provo house is under contract! Yay!

    I had to laugh, if I didn’t know that is was Jesse holding Ainsley in the picture I would swear to anyone that it was Jarrod. Even their hands loo alike! We need to ride the train, there is apparently some little museum in Ogden the train station is near…one more thing to add to the list of memories to make!

  4. Christine Says:

    Awe Sills. Its been so long since I have been there. I actually thought they were taking it down for the overpass… but either way it will be so sad to see it go.


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