Quest for the yellow choo choo

Let me just start off by saying that although my blog and many of my photos do exude happiness and paint a picture of roses, life is definitely not all roses around here. It’s just that I normally like to share the positive moments of our lives with you all as I don’t like this space to be about negativity, but sometimes it’s necessary for me to be real with you all. Besides the first week of Austin’s life, this past weekend may have proved to top it for being one of the most trying times as a parent that my husband and I have ever had to face. Our little 23 month old is full of excitement, anger, anxiety, fussiness, happiness… and will show it rightfully so. I don’t love using the term “terrible twos”, but we think that’s what we are facing right now (even though our little guy is not even 2 yet, although he is in the 2 year old classroom at school)! His tantrums are extreme and they come about randomly and it’s really hard for us to control them, but we are doing the best we possibly can. And all I have to say, is that his Daddy is amazing and I don’t know how we’d do this parenting thing without him. I know everyone tells me it’s a phase and it’s something we need to get through as we’re in this in between stage where we don’t always understand his words or needs and we are starting to reason with him, but I might venture to say that this is one of the toughest phases yet. But we’ll get through it, one tantrum at a time.

Now that I got that off my chest, I did want to share one of the happier moments of our weekend. 🙂 On Saturday, our local downtown Union Station had a Christmas lights reveal and a special train exhibit reveal! Our Union Station is an actual Amtrak station, has tons of restaurants and has an awesome place called Science City that has tons of kid’s activities, so the train exhibit was just icing on the cake!  But to get Austin real excited about this outing, our first stop was the “real” train viewing area!  He could seriously watch trains for hours… especially “yellow choo choos”.  This guy has a love for the color yellow like no other.







Then we hit up the indoor playground where he climbed up and down and all around.


Next, we joined the ranks of thousands of other people and patiently waited for the holiday light and train exhibit reveal!  Austin loved sitting on his Daddy’s shoulders and seeing over everyone else. 🙂


And FINALLY!  The reveal of the holiday Union Station and the most trains Austin could ever see in one place!








Through tantrums and all, at least there was light at the end of the tunnel for the little man to have a little happiness in his life.  🙂

My outfit
Kimono c/o Riffraff
Necklace: Swell Caroline
Jeans: Lee Jeans

Austin’s outfit
Tee: Whistle and Flute
Leggings: Zara
Button Down: Target
Moccasins c/o Willow and Fig

Are you interested in getting moccasins (or bow ties) for your little man or lady?  Willow and Fig is having a Black Friday sale starting at 8PM, take 25% off your order with code “WFBF“!

Any tips out there for helping us out in dealing with toddler temper tantrums?


  1. November 26, 2013 / 12:55 am

    Good luck Sandy with the tantrums. We were pretty fortunate that our son is extremely sweet natured and rarely cried or had real tantrums. I remember watching super nanny, and she would put the child in quiet time and go down to their level and tell them that the behavior is not acceptable. After the time out, she would have the parent hug the child and let the child know mama loves them but that behavior is unacceptable.

    My son is 5 1/2 and now he is starting to talk back and give some attitude. When we hear it, we nipped it right there and let know that is not acceptable and he will stop.

    Looks like you guys had a fun time at the train station!


  2. November 26, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Aw poor little guy and poor you guys…’s such a hard stage! He’s frustrated cause he can’t communicate more clearly!

  3. November 26, 2013 / 10:10 am

    I’m sorry it was such a tough weekend:( I totally agree with you that while my life is definitely not perfect, I usually choose to just post the positive stuff on my blog. But I did like how you shared your frustrations. I don’t have any kids yet, so I like seeing the real world of parenting:) These photos are just precious. I can’t imagine how challenging it is, but you guys are doing awesome–look how happy he is!

  4. November 26, 2013 / 10:40 am

    Hi Sanda

    Thank you for leaving such sweet comment in my blog. And thanks to your mom, too, who introduced me to you:)

    I always love to read Mom’s blog, I love all the pictures I seen in this post, beautiful, warm and full of love!



  5. Carol Chien
    November 26, 2013 / 11:12 am

    Dear Sandy,

    Patient and keeping tell him what is the right thing to do,
    he will understand you. He is sweet always.


  6. November 26, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    aw, sorry it’s been so rough. hang in there, friend. on the other hand, these pictures are too cute 🙂

  7. November 26, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    I have no advice but I’m hoping you can figure something out!

  8. November 26, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    First off, I’m giving you hugs. Parenting is tough, and having a tantruming toddler seems like an impossible task to me. I give you all love.

    Secondly, these photos are absolutely stunning. Gorgeous top to bottom.

  9. November 27, 2013 / 8:28 am

    The train station is so festive! What a fun time! As for the tantrums, consider that each tantrum is a learning opportunity for both you and Austin. Oftentimes, tantrums catch me off guard. I react negatively toward my son. Which just fuels his fire. But after the tantrum is over, I can learn from it. What might have caused his tantrum? What can I do next time to help him through it? What can I do next time to avoid it? What can I do next time instead of just be angry/upset? Parenting is a never ending learning process and I’m sure you are doing great at it! Definitely helps to have a hubby that is as hands-on as yours.

  10. November 27, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Sandy, that long scarf is adorable. And your tot is so stylish, what a great outfit he has one with graphics & patterns. That Christmas display is stunning. That is wonderland right there. =)

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