It’s Vintage Weekend in Wanganui and lots of things are happening. I carefully looked at all the events advertised and we chose what we thought Ryan would enjoy and made a plan for when we would go, with back up plans for if things went belly-up.
Ryan was first awake and not long after Button Bot required a button to be sewn back on. We need to keep working on how to undo buttons!
Stefan was reading in bed and Ryan bounced up and said “what do the words say Dad?” so Stefan started reading aloud. Ryan did some acrobats on the bed but listened longer than I expected lol.
David made the kittens a frozen ball of water and Ryan showed them how to spin it, with supervision by Alex. They were all engrossed in it for a while lol.
When we were all ready we headed out to fill our water bottles and Ryan had a quick chat about the ceiling fan with the friendly people there and we were on our way again. In town we found a carpark not far from the main street. We walked all the blocks of the Avenue and looked at the vintage cars parked up. Ryan wasn’t overly interested except to point out the wipers, if they were left up, and said the cars with bonnets open were “broken” – an interesting observation!
We found the Library bus and Ryan asked for the window wipers to turn on. And they very kindly did for him, and again when he was standing outside right by them! He was super excited by the huge wipers! Our local library staff are fantastic 🙂 I wish I had got a photo but I was busy stopping him from grabbing the wipers.
Ryan washed his hands in the Majestic Square waterfall, put money in parking meters, checked out the ATM, got a sour gumball from a machine (David ate it) – Ryan just wanted to watch it spin down the spiral chute, sat in Noodle Canteen and watched them cook food (didn’t want any, just loves watching them fire up the woks), chose an ice cream at the dairy, and used the crossing buttons at each road. He also checked every shop door to see if it would open, watching the automatic doors open and shut. It was very busy and noisy and he coped amazingly well with it all.
Before heading home we watched the traction engines drive around the block. You could pay to go on them but Ryan was happy watching them steam past. We have been on them a couple of years ago and he got quite agitated by the line waiting and having to sit still on the wagon so we didn’t attempt it this year.
After finding the older boys, who had wandered to look at things in their own time, we headed home for lunch. Ryan asked to go out again so Stefan and I took him for a walk around Virginia Lake and he sat in the pushchair. Good timeout for him after a sensory overload morning. We watched the fountain after our walk, hiding and finding rocks, and Ryan pushed the pushchair to the car. We saw some of the vintage planes fly over and one was quite loud, so that was interesting too!
On the way home, as we came down St John’s Hill the barrier arms came down and bells rang at the railway crossing. Ryan was happy a train was coming and then words can’t describe his face when he saw a real live Steam train puffing smoke and tooting past! Lucky I got a photo (top left)!
We did a walk around Gordon’s Bush to hide some more rocks and Ryan pushed the pushchair and talked at the top of his voice the whole way round.
At home he has been repeating “I saw a steam train, didn’t I? Why did I see a steam train? Why was it chugging along the tracks? Why did it say drrrruppp?” over and over and over … Highlight of his day, I think!
And absolutely busy day but Ryan had a really good time, coped extremely well and has hopefully made some amazing memories.