Their First Trip On The Railway

On Friday I said I’d tell you about the funny parts of our railway journey. So here is the post as promised, it won’t be very long because when I think of it, over a 12 hour day, I can probably squeeze it all into a readable post. Because you don’t want to read all the mushy bits do you?

On the Sunday we decided to go on the railway, it was a spur of the moment decision. Made by Grandad Firstooth.

When we first squeezed in and sat down in our carriage (so small my knees were either side of my chin) the kids went crazy. They danced, bounced and let us know everything they were seeing. I didn’t know what to expect when they were on the train. It was a 55 minute journey to the very end, so I was kind of expecting them to be freaking out the entire time, and not freaking out in a good way. I can’t expect my bouncy toddlers to sit happily for that time, but maybe I should raise my expectations of them? Only when we’re on a train.

I didn’t take many pictures, I wish I had now but I didn’t want to spend my time fiddling with cameras and phones just in case I missed the digger my son was pointing out or the sheep my daughter had seen. I’m a phoneaholic, but in moments like this I love to be in the moment with them. So you will see none of us on the train, and a couple on the beach, you’ll have to read all this boring text instead.

Here’s one I managed to get…

During the train ride we demolished an entire tube of Pringles. Demolished because we ate some, while the baby beasts DESTROYED the rest. Our carriage was carnage with crushed Pringles, half-eaten apples and just crap strewn around our feet. It was a carnage carriage.

After the 55 minute journey, we crunched our way off the train and headed to the light-house for a picnic. (Again, no pics, but it looked just like a lighthouse.) The kids weren’t fussed with the picnic, no biggie, more for us! They ran around the grassy area and went crazy, like they’d never been outside before. We sat for a while after the picnic until one child started to build a castle with rabbit poo and the other tried to eat a sausage roll she’d just rubbed in bird sh*t. We did have to negotiate a wee out of my boy before leaving, he was doing the Wee Wee Dance but needed the potty on a certain hill, in a certain position with a rock just-so next to him before he actually peed.

I’ve already told you about the bush haven’t I? But this happened next,read it again here. Poor boy, it was the slow motion realisation that the bush was a mass load of prickles. He was fine though.

We then spent a lovely time sitting on the beach, watching the sea and hunting for pebbles. We didn’t have to hunt hard. I drank in these moments, I enjoy how much they enjoy these simple things.

Looking for pebbles…


“Looking for pebbles… Hilarious” (1)

“Look, right dere”

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After a long relaxing time on the beach, my darling daughter became fed up with it and started her whinge/flail about protest. She was incredibly tired and fell asleep in the stroller instantly, she’s not slept in the stroller in such a long time, I was shocked. You know when this happens and you almost want to celebrate “no overtired toddler tantrums for us today”, giving your collar a smug tug. I wanted to make the most of this time with my parents and little manย while she slept. ย My son is a lot easier to entertain so we just went crazy and hadย a tea. We’re so insane like that. Mr M had a carton of juice and nobody had to wrestle the wriggly Miss M. We enjoyed our teas and took in the scenery.

We sat right next to a train which was about to depart, “get the next one” we said. Thinking they come every twenty minutes, you know, like a normal train. Not this railway, they’re every hour. DRINK YOUR TEA AND GET ON THE DAMN TRAIN. Thank goodness Grandad Firstooth checked the timetable.

On the train journey home Miss M made friends with two kids sitting behind us. Is it just me that feels a little awkward when this happens? I encourage this, but I wonder, do I talk to their parents? I don’t want to turn my back on my own, awkward situation but it makes me laugh how confident my girl is, she will make friends with everyone. Everyone. When shopping she says “heyyo” and “buhbye” to anyone nearby and then never stops waving.

Around 15 minutes from the station Mr M was demanding to get off the train. We must have heard “my wants to get off the train” a hundred times before pulling into the station. Once the train had stopped, he point blank refused to move and had a meltdown. All I could say was “I told you he’d do this”. Not that anyone didn’t believe me, it just made me feel better. Eventually, with the promise of a toy from the shop he got off the damn train.

Both kids were loose in the shop, which is never a good thing. They were pulling things out of baskets, taking things off rails and then, Mr M did the Wee Wee Dance again. He begged for the potty, but he needed it just-so, you know how they can be. He wanted the potty positioned in the shop so he could drop-pants and pee, inside the shop. We tried explaining he needs to pee just outside the entrance.

“Nanny will take you outside while I buy your doggy and dinosaur, you can’t have your doggy and dinosaur if you pee in the shop”

They’d still have gotten their doggy and dinosaur whatever. I was already at the counter paying for it. Then I turned round to check them both and my shameless toddler had dropped his trousers in the middle of the shop. I was staring at two bare bum-cheeks. I thought ‘sod it’, whipped the potty out unapologetically and let him pee right there. Next to the display of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Then we made like eggs and scrambled!

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  1. April 13, 2016 / 6:12 am

    Oh my goodness that sounds like a rather stressful, but fun day trip. Kids eh! ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t have trains where we live so mine only got to go on a train for the first time when they were 5 and 7 respectively. It was a steam train!

    • firstooth
      April 18, 2016 / 6:39 am

      I bet the enjoyed it though! And at least you didn’t have to watch your son piss in a shop

  2. April 13, 2016 / 6:22 am

    Oh what a great day out! I believe that the lighthouse looked just like a lighthouse! My daughter is quite a bit like me and will only pee if there’s a proper flushing toilet available. It’s lead to a lot of rushing around desperately seeking a loo in the past! For me aswell as her! #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      April 18, 2016 / 6:40 am

      We go a bit crazy when our children announce they need a wee don’t we, we all panic!

  3. April 13, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Such simple pleasures spending quality time with the family! Sounds like you made some great memories! #BloggerClubUK

    • firstooth
      April 18, 2016 / 6:44 am

      Definitely, toddlers make great memories!

  4. April 13, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Lol at the last paragraph. It seems I have a lot to learn about potty training in the future. #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      April 18, 2016 / 6:45 am

      Ah potty training is easy… I just wish he wasn’t so fussy about the position of his potty before he pees in it!

  5. April 14, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Yay for the first train ride! We’ve took the Robot on his first at about 4 weeks old and we are well into double figures now at 9 months! Glad that you survived it! I love train travel over car journeys as you don’t have to think. It’ll be interesting to see how it works with a toddler in later years! I did a laugh out loud peeing next to Thomas the tank! Very strong willed!! X

    • firstooth
      April 18, 2016 / 6:46 am

      He will love it even more as a toddler! X

      • April 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

        Hey lovely, just dropping by to say thanks for linking up to #ABrandNewDay! We’ve been on the train with the bikes since last reading. It’s like putting a buggy on the train but 10 times worse! Baby in sling!

  6. April 15, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go! I actually went in a display toilet in a DIY shop when I was little! #fridayfrolics

  7. April 15, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Wow what a busy day but fun!! Can’t beat a family day out ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

  8. April 16, 2016 / 6:40 am

    Hee hee sounds like a fun packed day!! When’s the next one? I know what you mean about wanting to take photos but actually enjoying the experience is much more important right? #justanotherlinky

  9. April 17, 2016 / 5:41 am

    I’ve not took Mini R on a train yet but I really would like to! This had made me more inclined to get it organised. #Kcacols

  10. April 17, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Hahaha, I especially love that bit at the end! When they need to go, they need to go! And really, would the shopkeeper rather little ones had an accident in the shop is used the potty?! Great post :). #KCACOLS

  11. April 17, 2016 / 7:21 am

    Sounds like a lovely day, despite the meltdown on the way home and the weeing in the shop scenario. I love the days where you’re having too much of a nice time to take any photos xx #kcacols

  12. April 17, 2016 / 9:15 am

    What a funny post! congrats on the sleeping toddler and I love the little man just whipped the pants off and peed in the shop..who cares when kids have to go, they gotta go! The train sounds great and i love it when my little makes mates, i do talk to the parents but don’t always get much back! thanks sharing a fun family day #KCACOLS

  13. April 17, 2016 / 9:50 am

    What a great day out, even if it was a bit stressful! That beach with all its pebbles looks lovely too. Sounds like you had a fab day and made some lovely memories ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

  14. April 17, 2016 / 10:04 am

    What a great day out! We love to go and hunt for pretty pebbles on the beaches. XX


  15. April 17, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I love the couple of photos that you’ve shared here, but also love that there were other moments that you just experienced instead of captured. Some days you need to just be in the moment don’t you! x #KCACOLS

  16. April 17, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Hahah! I never took a portable potty out and about, but I’ve seen someone pull theirs out on the pavement before ๐Ÿ˜€ #KCACOLS

  17. April 17, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    My daughter is one for making friends wherever we go too – we joke that she’s less social butterfly, more social battering ram ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely post – it’s so nice to put the camera away and just enjoy an experience every so often! #KCACOLS

  18. April 17, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I always save your posts till last to read on Whatever The Weather, purely because they never fail to make me smile! The nitty gritty truth of parenting, the non-filtered utter honest truth of a day out, un-sugar coated. What a day out! I love the ending with the pee incident next to the Thomas The Tank Engine display. Evie also fell asleep in her pram the other day. I was shocked because Evie NEVER goes in her pram, let alone falls asleep when there is lots of entertainment around her. You definitely do feel like doing a victory dance. It sounds like a fabulous day. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

  19. Allyson Greene
    April 18, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Oh you had me laughing so by the end. We all have a few sordid potty tales to tell! Thank you so much for sharing the funny bits of your day! Sounds like a great time filled with great memories! #KCACOLS

  20. April 18, 2016 / 6:12 am

    Love your description of a lighthouse (it looked like a lighthouse). Glad they enjoyed their crunchy train journey!

    My son loves trains too. Being a seasoned commuter this baffles me but his enthusiasm is lovely.


  21. April 18, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Oh dear! Sounds like quite an eventful day. Glad the little ones enjoyed themselves, I’ve always had a soft spot for trains. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  22. April 18, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Looks like you had a great day!! Very adorable pictures! #KCACOLS

  23. April 18, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Sounds like a crazy but great day, is there any other kind with small children? X #bestandworst

  24. April 18, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Lol at the potty incident! At least he wants to use the potty, my 4 year old will hold it in for hours (whilst doing the dance!) saying he doesn’t need to go! Sounds like a fab day though, trains and the beach, plus a napping toddler, what more could you want! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  25. The Pramshed
    April 19, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Thanks Lizzie this post made me laugh, and you have made light of what sounds like some stressful times. The train journey sounds like so much fun, and I can just imagine the carnage that was going on, on the floor with all the dropped food. We had a similar thing yesterday with the babies, outside, which resulted in about 10 pigeons beneath our feet! I love how you have pushed the day, to spend extra time with your parents and made the train too. Potty training sounds interesting, we are not at that stage, but I can see it being a bit hellish. I wish I could be more disciplined like you, and not be on my phone at every opportunity. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. Claire x

    • firstooth
      April 19, 2016 / 9:27 am

      Thank you! I like to make it sound stressful but other than those ffs moments it really was a lovely day. Haha! These kids make such a mess whenever we risk a restaurant visit I feel awful for the staff who clear our table when we leave… eek! X

  26. April 19, 2016 / 7:43 am

    oh my gosh what a day lol! Brilliant, I love the ending #abrandnewday

  27. April 19, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Yes! Whip the potty out for the bare bummed child was definitely the best option – great thing you have a portable potty with you! Your line about not buying the dino if he wees in the shop is priceless – the things we hear ourselves saying as parents! I agree these special days out it’s best to leave the phone down & enjoy. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #bloggerclubuk x

    • firstooth
      April 19, 2016 / 9:25 am

      Haha they are comedy gold moments. Thank you too for hosting x

  28. Mommy's Little Princesses
    April 19, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Lol sounds like they kept you on your toes. Having said that it sounds like you all still managed to have an enjoyable day out. The beach pictures are delightful!xx #KCACOLS

  29. April 21, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Sounds both super fun and super stressful! Love the pictures x #KCACOLS

  30. April 21, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    What a day out but sounds lovely! That’s how days go with kids though doesn’t it, stressful but lovely. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • firstooth
      April 21, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      It really was lovely, they just make it that little bit more entertaining, thanks for hosting! Xx

  31. April 22, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Sounds like stress but a fantastic day out ๐Ÿ™‚ Railway trips are always fun for the kids
    Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlink

  32. April 23, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Ha ha! Kids! It sounds like a pretty normal stressful, busy, laugh about it out loud family day out to the beach ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that it turned into a mini adventure, and what mini adventure is complete without a bit of mess and a few meltdowns for good measure! Sounds like a fab day out, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • firstooth
      April 23, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!! X

  33. April 27, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Sounds like a day my train-mad 3yo would love. He just can’t get enough of the railways. You have lovely beach photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. April 29, 2016 / 8:30 am

    I used to go on trains so often when I was little as my dad was a big steam fanatic! We used to love it, mine just get bored though and don’t appreciate it and it’s always rather stressful x

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