We went down to Arkansas on Bob's birthday, and while we were at Betty and Lou's house, I gave Bob his present. I found out he never had a Teddy bear as a child, so I gave him my third left-over bear, T14. Bob named him Hamish (pronounced Hay'-mish) after a character in the Braveheart movie.
We played our usual game of cows and horses, getting points for them on our side of the road, and extra points for white ones. If we passed a cemetery on our side of the car, we lost our points.
Hamish kept telling me he wanted to ride the pony, and I thought he was talking about one of the ponies in our game. Then it dawned on me that he overheard us talking about the pink pony, and that was what he meant! When we stopped in Hannibal, Missouri for lunch, we got the pony out and let him ride.
The train was passing over the Mississippi River from Illinois and entered a tunnel through the hill. Bob knows all the good train-watching spots and we were fortunate one came along before we got on the road again.
The rest of the trip was uneventful. We did see the statue of Mark Twain and then a couple more trains in Indiana. I suppose there will be more train-watching trips in Hamish's future.
Baby Teddy bears do get tired, especially when they try to stay awake for the whole trip. Hamish was so afraid he was going to miss something! He made up for it on Sunday we got home, spending most of the day sleeping.
We are glad to be home, but not glad for the cold and snow. It's melting quickly though, and spring is promising to be here soon. Snowdrops are blooming and daffodils will be showing their sunny faces with a bit warmer weather.